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Review: Gallows Pole - And Time Stood Still
Gallows Pole
And Time Stood Still

Label: Pure Rock Records
Year released: 2013
Duration: 42:17
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: October 15, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
And Time Stood Still

Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)

And Time Stood Still is the seventh full-length from venerable Austrian Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band Gallows Pole and it sounds much like its predecessor, 2011's Waiting for the Mothership. I had never heard of Gallows Pole until Mothership, despite the fact that the band has been in existence since the mid-70s. I enjoyed the band for their odd and quirky, yet strangely familiar, sound. The unique, droning chants of singer Alois Martin Binder are again the hallmark of Gallows Pole's sound, which straddles the line between Hard Rock and Heavy Metal for most of And Time Stood Still. There's quite a bit of melody with ample keyboards filling out many of the songs yet the guitars are undeniably heavy and propulsive. Songs like "Older" and "I Don't Wanna Go" are upbeat and catchy, with choruses that are easy to sing a long with and nice crunchy riffs. Some of the other songs are simple filler so the album is a bit uneven and it is so much like the last album it could have been called Waiting for the Mothership Pt. 2. There's nothing wrong with that, not if you liked the last one, that is.

I grew up in the 70s waiting for songs like Pink Floyd's "Run Like Hell" and Sweet's "Fox on the Run" to come on the radio before getting into albums by Led Zeppelin, KISS and Black Sabbath, so Gallows Pole's style hits the nostalgia button pretty hard for me. I like their stuff though by no means do I think its essential. As with the last album, if you like 70s Hard Rock/Heavy Metal give And Time Stood Still a listen.

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Review: Waiting for the Mothership (reviewed by MetalMike)
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