|Review: Metal Machine - Free Nation|
Label: Dream Records
Year released: 2014
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: February 24, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)
Like many Metal musicians these days, Exorcism/Raven Lord vocalist Csaba Zvekan likes to spread his talent around and Metal Machine is his tribute to the classic metal of the 80s and 90s. Free Nation is the band's debut and Zvekan's singing should have you quickly thinking of Halford and Oliva with his ubiquitous high-pitched screams. The speedier tracks, like "Skull and Bones," are pure Painkiller-era Priest while the slower material, such as "World of Temptation," evokes early Savatage albums like Power of the Night. Zvekan can really belt it out, no question, but after a while the screaming starts to get old and the album really drags in the middle. I wouldn't call any of the songs wonderful but the faster stuff is definitely more engaging. The slower songs have great atmosphere but generally overstay their welcome and I couldn't wait for them to end. The closer, "Free Nation," picks up the speed and ends the album on a bit of a high note.
I'm never one to question "more" Heavy Metal music but this is definitely an album that begs the question "why?" There's nothing here that isn't available from a thousand other releases and I suspect Free Nation will soon be lost in a sea of music that is both vast and deep.
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