|Review: Refuge - Solitary Men|
Label: Frontiers Records
Year released: 2018
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: August 11, 2018
Reviewed by: MetalMike
I never liked Peavy Wagner's Rage, even back in the day when the band's most well-known album, Perfect Man, was released. Their music never grabbed me, and I can't say much has changed now that the Perfect Man lineup has gotten back together under the name Refuge and released an album called Solitary Men. Musically, this is mid-80s, traditional metal, with riffs and vocal lines similar to Savatage circa Power of the Night and guitar pinches and squeals from Ozzy's The Ultimate Sin. Peavy's gravelly, Jon Oliva shout further cements the Savatage similarity. There are some catchy tunes like "Hell Freezes Over" and "From the Ashes" but they are only catchy because you've heard stuff like this a multitude of times. It's all rather generic. They lyrics couldn't be more dull and predictable unless I'd written them. "Bleeding from the Inside"? Where else would you bleed from? "Let me go" repeated 10 times? Fine, go already. If you loved Perfect Man, maybe there is something here for you but if not, you can safely skip Solitary Men.
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