|Review: Lizzy Borden - Appointment With Death|
|Appointment With Death|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Review online: October 7, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Appointment With Death
I didn't know Lizzy Borden were still around - not that I've ever paid much attention to the band, mind you (can't know them all.) I'm only familiar with a couple of the band's old songs, so if you were hoping for a comparison with their past material, well, ain't gonna happen. ;)
After a few listens, the short description that comes to mind is "catchy and overly melodic, with balls - mostly." The vocals drive everything else here, and that goes from excellent to mildly annoying. Excellent singer here with a very good range (and he reminds me of another singer whose name escapes me - that's been driving me nuts for days), however sometimes the vocal melodies, especially some of the choruses, and just too damn melodic and sound borderline "Backstreet Boys meet glam metal"(!!) Your mileage may vary, but that was too much for me. ;)
Musically this is traditional heavy metal meets power metal meets hard rock, thankfully not all within the same songs. You get a couple of heavier tracks, then the over the top melodic power metal, and then a couple of hard rockin' songs that border on ballads, without quite going all the way. Personally I found the more melodic songs were a little too tame - very close to radio-friendly (and sure to please a lot of people - they're not bad songs per se.) Overall this is a very solid album that showcases Lizzy Borden's songwriting experience, and the good far outclasses the not-so-good. If you feel like having a taste of mostly old school commercial melodic metal with an occasional modern twist, this album is well worth checking out.
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