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Review: Perzonal War - When Times Turn Red
Perzonal War
When Times Turn Red

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 46:44
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power/Thrash

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: January 4, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
When Times Turn Red

Rated 2.93/5 (58.67%) (15 Votes)

I had never heard Perzonal War before, but I'm told the earlier albums earned them the title of "Metallica clones" and that with this new one, they find their own sound. Fair enough. There will still be some Metallica comparisons, especially Black album-era as the singer often sounds like James Hetfield did on that album, and the guitar work exhibits quite a bit of similarities as well. So now they've incorporated some other sounds in their material, a bit of melodic death influences here and there but also unfortunately some nu-ish crap which, while not as bad as a nu band, is really a shitty Wal-Mart-ish doomy sound. Worse (or better?), "5 More Days" sounds like an hybrid of mid-90s grungy pop rock. Yuk.

Save for a couple of songs, this blows due to the adoption of a sound of yesteryear that should have been left in its coffin. I'm sure a lot of people will dig this, but if you want some real metal you'll have to look somewhere else.

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