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Perzonal War

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 60:02
Tracks: 14
Genre: Power/Thrash

Rating: 4/5

Review online: February 21, 2005
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (11 Votes)

No doubt another German band cranking some killer thrash metal mixed with power and traditional elements. Perzonal War are sadly quite unknown despite having four full length albums available in their arsenal. The problem with this album however, is that it is extremely inconsistent. The opening track is a good one, not spectacular, but gives a pretty good idea of what the band is about. Thrashy riffs and drums with vocals that can only be described as James Hetfield part two. The choruses get very melodic and that is where the power metal aspect of it kicks in. The band knows very well how to incorporate both styles into one. Then we get "Burning Symbols" - a total shredder, followed by another awesome cut. The highlight of the album however comes in the middle - the slower and heavier "Tears" - with its infectious chorus and monster riffs and leads; definitely something that more bands need to emulate. But a lot of these songs are instantly forgettable as well, and as a result, I cannot give a rating any higher than a 4/5, no matter how good the best tracks are.

If you wanted an Eidolon that can deliver hooks and a vocalist who can actually get aggressive when the call is made, Perzonal War should be something right up your alley. But the obvious and closest comparison anyone could make with this band is of course early Metallica. No question about that. Anyway….The good stuff on this album is worth the whole package. Trust me. You can thank me later.

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