|Review: Metal Mirror - III|
Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2014
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: June 6, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (3 Votes)
Here we go again with High Roller Records releasing another compilation from an original NWOBHM band that went around the circuit in the late 70s/early 80s and called it quits after only a few minor releases. Fast-forward 30 years and some of the original members, looking to re-master a couple of live vinyl albums released by High Roller in 2006, stumble across their original studio tapes. With Metal Mirror III, fans finally get to hear every one of the songs Metal Mirror committed to tape during their early years.
With songs all written and recorded in the early 80s what you obviously have is a collection of authentic NWOBHM Hard Rock/Heavy Metal tracks that sit firmly on the line between rock and metal. The lyrics are, unsurprisingly, simple and deal with the standard "wine, women and song" themes. The band plays an upbeat style, rarely venturing into darker territory and, as a result, sounds like a cross between a Heavy Metal version of Aerosmith and KISS. There are some nifty guitar solos and melody lines that are also reminiscent of very early Rush. At the end of the day, Metal Mirror III is interesting as a time capsule, not because of the music, which is quite generic. Metal Mirror fans and NWOBHM completists will want to add this to their collections but I can't see much reason for anyone else to seek it out.
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