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Carnival Diablos

Label: Metal-Is
Year released: 2001
Duration: 59:44
Tracks: 11
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: April 3, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
Carnival Diablos

Rated 3.88/5 (77.69%) (26 Votes)

I was one of many that were eagerly awaiting the release of this album and I have to say when I finally got my grubby hands on It I was definitely not disappointed.

After my first time listening through this album I am struck with how incredibly diverse this album is. This album has something for every metal fan out there whether it be pure classic sounding metal to unadulterated neck-snapping speed and through all of this variety is Jeff Waters killer guitar work. I was a big fan of his work before and I believe he is one of the most underrated guitarists out there and this album will have anyone hard pressed to prove me wrong. Carnival Diablos is just filled with really memorable riffs and great solos and add to that some pretty damn good vocals courtesy of Joe Comeau a large helping of stellar songwriting (mainly from Jeff but also a few tracks lyrically by Joe) and you have the recipe for a kick-ass album. Rounding out the other members of the band are Dave Scott Davis on guitar, Rusell Berquist on bass and last but certainly not least is Ray Hartmann on drums.

The album starts with a shredder (Denied) which I think kicks the album off perfectly. From there we move to a very groove-oriented track (The Perfect Virus) and then we are back with a speed metal gem (Battered). Track 4 is the title track (Carnival Diablos) which I find to be the weakest of any song by far and made me wonder why they used this as the title track other than the cool title the song didn't strike me as anything to hold your attention. I find myself forwarding to track 5 (Shallow Grave) and you can really tell Jeff is a big fan of AC/DC, you could easily mistake this for a new single from them. From the riffs to the near perfect imitation of Brian Johnson by Joe this just screams AC/DC. I am a really big fan of AC/DC myself so I consider this a very fitting tribute to one of the all time greats of metal. Moving to track 6 (Time Bomb) which is another really cool groove-oriented song and then to my personal favorite (The Rush) which just has this awesome driving riff which defies you to bang your head. Track 8 (Insomniac) kind of left me wanting more from the song. Don't get me wrong it is not a bad song but I always feel like there is something missing. Track 9 (Liquid Oval) is an instrumental, which is pretty good, but I am not that big on instrumental's anyway so I can take or leave this. Well when I said I felt like I was needing something more after listening to Insomniac my patience was rewarded with two standout tracks to end the disc. Track 10 (Epic of War) is pure driving speed with great guitar work and track 12 (Hunter Killer) is a fitting end to a really fine piece of work. There is also a hidden track at the end of the disc, which is just hilarious (Chicken and Corn) it can be found a couple of minutes after the end of the last track.

All in all I would highly recommend this album so what are you still reading for??? Get off your ass and head down to your favorite music store and buy it you will be glad you did.


Vocals - 8.0
Guitars - 9.5
Bass - 8.0
Drums - 8.5
Keyboards - N/A
Production - 9.5

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