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Review: Betrayer - Rusted Icons
Rusted Icons

Label: Independent
Year released: 2001
Duration: 43:42
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy/Thrash

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: July 14, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Readers Rating
Rusted Icons

Rated 4/5 (80%) (12 Votes)

Here is an awesome mix of traditional heavy metal with that of thrash. This is definitely an album worth mentioning to those who would enjoy the more melodic forms of thrash metal in the vein of the highly underrated band Anacrusis.

"Rusted Icons" starts off very strong with "Descendants Of Death" that makes a grand entry with roaring guitars, awesome riff work and a sticky as hell chorus! The album starts to struggle around mid-way point when some songs start to sound very similar to each other and forced, just for the sake of being there. The filler is excusable however because of the greatness that preceded and followed it. There is no doubt that Betrayer are highly influenced by Megadeth as their riffing pattern and song structures are quite similar. However, it is the solos that confirm this…the solos come entirely out of the Dave Mustaine school of guitar mastery…and that can only mean one thing…Awesome!

My main complaint about this album is the vocal work. They're not particularly annoying, but it appears that this band may benefit from a full time vocalist as Jeff Klingbeil is taking on the job of both lead guitars and lead vocals at the same time and this seems to be hindering the album's overall appeal as he does get off key some times. In any case…Betrayer are an awesome quartet from the vast lands of Canada that have delivered us with a great slab of melodic thrash metal with "Rusted Icons". Do check them out!

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