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Review: Squealer - Behind Closed Doors
Behind Closed Doors

Label: Pride & Joy Music
Year released: 2018
Duration: 50:55
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: July 26, 2018
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
Readers Rating
Behind Closed Doors

Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)

For those who are not familiar with Squealer, the band was one of the most prolific and interesting Teutonic Heavy/Power acts of the late 90s. Led by mastermind and AFM records boss Andy "Henner" Allendörfer, these guys kicked ass with juicy riffs and stellar albums such as The Prophecy (1999), Made for Eternity (2000) and Under the Cross (2002), only to be struck with the tragic death of Andy in a car accident in 2005, which the band never quite recovered from.

Ten years after the mediocre The Circle Shuts, the German quartet opens shop once again to keep the flame burning and Andy's legacy alive. This is a clear upgrade in terms of sound and overall songwriting compared to its predecessor, and this is transparent from the beginning of the album. The semi-thrash approach from the last albums has been toned down significantly but are still present on songs like "Dream Shot", while the more Euro-Power bits are back strong and reminisce the heydays of the group, as can be seen on the good "Worlds Collide" and on the best song here, "Time Goes By".

This comeback of sorts is filled with dignity and shows that these guys are not done yet. Of course, we won't be seeing another The Prophecy, but Squealer still has some gas in their tank and a trick or two up their sleeves, especially in the riff department, which is intact since 1999 with the duo Michael Schiel and the now-leader Lars Döring. All in all, a good effort.

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Review: Made For Eternity (reviewed by Michel Renaud)
Review: Under The Cross (reviewed by Christian Renner)
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