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Review: Kingscrossing - Kingscrossing

Label: Independent
Year released: 2005
Duration: 47:12
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: March 7, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 2.67/5 (53.33%) (3 Votes)

Kingscrossing are another traditional metal band originating from the US - I'm not complaining. The band describes its thematic as medieval, but you'll find a bit more variety here. Musically, the influences are all over the place - early 80s Maiden especially, but also some Priest (give "For the Metal" a listen, especially the beginning), while a song such as "Battlescarred" reminds me of New Jersey's Overlorde. In the lesser known, and almost certainly not actual influences, I can hear a lot of similarities with some French bands on Brennus Music such as K.O.B. The vocals especially at times sound quite a bit like Dickinson, and when they don't I can't help but think of K.O.B. - same goes for some of the slower, heavier musical moments. The singer even goes into Bobby Lucas (Overlorde, ex-Seven Witches) territory at times, although the singer here sure doesn't have Bobby's set of lungs. The recording has a rather raw, garage-like sound that is not without its appeal, giving the music an additional punch. The song quality varies a little and some of the stuff here could either have used some more work or be left out entirely. Personally I'm not crazy about the 2:27 intro that is essentially all spoken in a rather unintelligible voice. That one quickly became skip button material.

The vocal work is very uneven, sometimes sounding almost rushed, especially when they use back vocals which are almost horrible but thankfully there's little of that. When the singer shines, he shines, but when he doesn't, he makes my teeth hurt. Considering that he sounds good most of the time, I don't think this is a major issue for releases to come. Now don't get me wrong - I've been listening to this thing on repeat for a few days, so despite some shortcomings, it's still a good metal record that should please some of the 80s metal fans out there.

The album was re-released in 2006 with a slightly different track listing and artwork.

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