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Review: Superchrist - Headbanger

Label: Independent
Year released: 2007
Duration: 37:12
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: August 18, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.44/5 (68.89%) (9 Votes)

I was in for a shock when I first gave this one a spin. Expecting some more unashamed Motörhead worship, I had no idea what was about to hit me. "Headbanger" is much cleaner-sounding, less in your face than its predecessor. There are traces of NWOBHM, especially Saxon and early Iron Maiden, as well as a more tame and melodic sound that finds its roots in the late 70s and early 80s. That's old school alright.

The Lemmy-esque vocals are still there to some extent but, like the music, there is a turn for a more sober and melodic style. Not a bad album, but I found the more punk-ish attitude of "South of Hell" better suited the band. Here it feels a bit like they forced themselves into the style without their heart really being into it. And only about half the album is worthy of the album's title, the rest being more of an easy listening style (as far as metal goes, that is.) Not the best introduction to the band, their best material being in the previous releases, but one thing is for sure, no one will say that they keep releasing the same album!

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