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Review: Ostrogoth - Too Hot
Too Hot

Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2023
Originally released in: 1985
Duration: 35:25
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: August 9, 2023
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Too Hot

Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)

Too Hot is the second full-length album from Ostrogoth and the third in a series of the Belgian band's releases getting a multi-format reissue from High Roller Records. As with a lot of '80s bands, their initial underground releases tended to get more polished and commercial as their careers progressed and the artwork on Too Hot is quite a departure from the previous album. It doesn't tell the whole picture and the first few tracks ("Too Hot," "Shoot Back," and "Sign of Life") still possess the rough, rudimentary production and NWOBHM aesthetic which gave their prior efforts a lot of their charm. Lots of echo on the vocals and plenty of quick, energetic riffing are the hallmarks of these songs and give hope that maybe the cover art is misleading. Unfortunately, the instrumental "The Gardens of Marrakesh," which has a light, airy intro but solid guitar work, kicks off a string of more accessible and less metallic songs. "Love in the Streets" combines a pretty good riff with a chorus worthy of Slaughter (the one led by Mark, not the Canadian death/thrash band) while "Night Women (Don't Like Me)" and "Endless Winterdays" could be Y&T B-sides. The ballad "Catch the Sound of Peace" is as dull and boring as the name implies, and "Halloween" is a generic rocker that closes the record. Ostrogoth was never a top-tier band, but they had some good ideas, few of which seem to have made it on to Too Hot.

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