|Classic Review: Oliver Magnum - Oliver Magnum|
Label: Restless Records
Year released: 1989
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: October 16, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4.36/5 (87.14%) (14 Votes)
They are largely forgotten now, but back in the day Oliver Magnum made some waves in the underground with their demo, and then with this, their debut and only real album. I have some history with this band, since they came from around where I live, and recorded and played a lot in my home town here in Tulsa. I had this thing on tape waaayyyy back when, but sadly, my well-worn copy has long since disappeared.
Oliver Magnum played good old Heavy Metal in the vein of Helstar or maybe old Agent Steel. Really, Helstar is the best comparison here, as both bands have the same kind of galloping, complex riffs and even a certain similarity in the vocals, though the vocals here are much better than James Rivera ever was. Oliver Magnum were pro in every sense, with world class riffs and leads, only suffering a bit in the production department, with the recording job both dated and on an obvious budget, but the sheer talent shines through. Pretty much every song here is a killer, with no slow or weak spots.
Oliver Magnum could have been much bigger than they were, but like Lethal, they were too late. By the time this band got rolling, the Dark Age descended and the bottom dropped out of the metal scene. Soon after this was released, the band broke up and was all but forgotten. Sadly, this minor classic has become almost impossible to find, and has never been repressed. If you like old 80's metal like Leige Lord or Deadly Blessing, then this is one you should try to find.
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