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Review: Paradox - Collision Course
Collision Course

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2000
Duration: 57:25
Tracks: 11
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: September 18, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
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Rated 4.42/5 (88.39%) (31 Votes)

Some of you old-timers like myself may remember this band from the late 80's. Paradox is a band formed by Charly Steinhouer in 1986, which released two full-length albums, 1987's "Product of Imagination" and 1989's "Heresy". After these two excellent albums the band just seemed to disappear from the face of the earth. Well after an 11 year absence of new material the band reformed and released "Collision Course".

Paradox is a melodic speed metal band with a lot of thrash style influences. The comparisons to older Metallica efforts are quite noticeable but not in the way of ripping them off but some of the things that made Metallica popular can also be found here. The great guitar work, excellent songs with a lot of tempo changes and more than anything else, KILLER RIFFS!!! Almost everything on this album is top notch from the musicianship to the production.

The only thing that I can complain about is some of the song structures seem to mimic each other after awhile. I only really noticed this after giving this album more than a few spins. A lot of the songs have intros before really starting to kick it in to high gear, which makes some of the songs seem to stumble out of the gate so to speak. When the songs do kick in however it all comes together and this album really starts to shine.

Overall I would say if you like the melodic style of early Metallica and are missing the times before Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax decided to look for fans in the mainstream and to just crap all over their core followers then this album is for you. So rejoice in the fact that there are still bands that play this style of metal and play it well.

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Review: Heresy II: End of a Legend (reviewed by MetalMike)
Review: Pangea (reviewed by Bruno Medeiros)
Review: Riot Squad (reviewed by Christopher Foley)
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Interview with Charly Steinhauer (guitars and vocals) on October 13, 2009 (Interviewed by Daniel DGYDP Guerrero)
Interview with vocalist and guitarist Charly Steinhauer on October 25, 2014 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with guitarist and vocalist Charly Steinhauer on November 13, 2015 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with vocalist and guitarist Charly Steinhauer on August 19, 2021 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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