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Review: Metalian - Rock 'N Roll Anthems
Rock 'N Roll Anthems

Label: Independent
Year released: 2005
Duration: 49:45
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: June 11, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Rock 'N Roll Anthems

Rated 4.71/5 (94.29%) (7 Votes)

Metalian are one of the few good things coming from Montreal. They've been pretty active in the live setting, especially in underground shows in Montreal and Ottawa. While they'll assuredly kick your ass live, the CD is a bit of a let down due to a sub par sound and production - but then again, it's a demo. Of course this won't be as obvious if you don't see them live first. :)

Simply put, Metalian bring you back about 25 years into the past. There's no "modern" sound here; This is early Maiden worship crossed with a sizable dose of Priest (some of the solos could have been on an early 80s Priest album.) The singer sometimes sound like a cross of Di'Anno and Dickinson - marrying the gruffy voice of the former with the more high pitched style of the latter. He overdoes it a little at times, going way too high, although it's not bad enough to ruin the songs - it just makes the teeth cringe a little. :) One could blame them for simply ripping off their influences (some of the solos and melodies will remind you of something heard on highly regarded classics by the aforementioned bands), but in the end it's just a fun CD to listen to (and having seen them live a couple of times, they do have fun doing this.) Metal can hardly get as classic-sounding as it does here. Killer melodies and solos, imperfect vocals reminiscent of the best underground NWOBHM stuff - any old schooler will get a kick out of this.

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