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Review: Ostrogoth - Full Moon's Eyes
Full Moon's Eyes

Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2023
Originally released in: 1983
Duration: 20:40
Tracks: 5
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: August 4, 2023
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Full Moon's Eyes

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)

Back in the '80s, in the wake of the NWOBHM, most every country in Europe produced a number of bands and Belgium was no exception. That scene was led by Killer, Crossfire, and Ostrogoth, the latter seeing a reissue of their EP and three full-length albums in 2023 courtesy of High Roller Records. I remember Full Moon's Eyes, Ostrogoth's debut EP, from back in the day, but once again hadn't heard it before now. Like their countrymen, Ostrogoth had that Euro/traditional sound which combined the rough and ready production from the NWOBHM with the hooks and catchiness of the US scene. There's nothing complicated about Ostrogoth's songwriting, but that makes it no less enjoyable even 40 years after it was originally released. You can hear the youthful energy in the title track as well as the band's influences on songs like "Paris by Night" with its riff that sounds like it came from a Diamond Head album. I'm not sure this qualifies as a "gem," but it is pretty good '80s metal if that's your thing, so grab one of these new reissues if you don't already own it or want a version mastered to today's standards of volume.

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