|Review: Metal Cross - Metal Cross|
Label: Horror Records
Year released: 2014
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: March 21, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3/5 (60%) (6 Votes)
Metal Cross is a Danish band that started up back in 1984 and like a lot of bands around that time got as far as recording some demos but never the elusive album. They've apparently never really split up just gone on extended hiatus and have played a show here and there (if the info on Metal-Archives is accurate). In 2014 Horror Records gathered up all their original material and combined it with a live show recorded in 1989 and released the whole thing under the title Metal Cross.
NWOBHM-inspired music is what you would expect from a band with that kind of history and that's exactly what Metal Cross delivers but there's a reason Metal Cross never got a shot at an album and that is because they weren't very good. Sure, there are a few riffs here and there that are cool and the guitar tone is quite crunchy. Beyond that, the songs suffer from some awful singing and the songwriting is entirely derivative of bands like Maiden, Priest and Saxon. The opening guitar on "Waiting for the Dawn" is lifted from "Victim of Changes" and the tempo shifts on some of the other songs were patented by Saxon years earlier. The vocals are off key and the vocal lines painful but I'll give the singer a pass on the pronunciation considering English probably isn't his first language. Then there are the lyrics. How do you go from a song called "Crucifying the Virgins" to one called "Feed the World"? Come on Metal Cross, are you Mercyful Fate or Bob Geldof??
Metal Cross is surely a deluxe package with three vinyl records, pictures and a 7" single that encapsulates the band's output but it is all show and no go as there's nothing worthwhile contained within. This is a "lost gem" that should have stayed lost.
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