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Review: Leadbreaker - Leadbreaker

Label: Stormspell Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 50:17
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: December 21, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

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

Leadbreaker are yet another Swedish band tapping the metal sounds of the early '80s on their self-titled debut but, unlike some of their peers, they have missed the mark. They seem to have a handle on how this kind of metal should sound, but their songwriting is generic with a lot of repetition in the choruses and riffs. The singer has a punk quality to his voice, like a less charismatic Bon Scott, and the entire production is flat and colorless, rendering the guitar tone muted and the vocals too far forward in the mix. A lot of the twin guitar work is clearly inspired by Iron Maiden, but the playing has little of that same spark. A combination of thundering AC/DC riffs and acrobatic Maiden leads sounds like it could be awesome, but Leadbreaker only show us how not to do it.

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