|Review: Spice and the RJ Band - The Will|
Label: Scarlet Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: November 7, 2007
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Never has a style of metal failed to detain my interest quite like southern biker metal, and of those beer-laced behemoths, Spiritual Beggars certainly didn't float my boat, and as "The Will" is the first chapter in a new book from ex-singer/songwriter Spice, I knew flat out that I probably wouldn't be counting this amongst my selections for album of the year. But I will not excoriate it for not adhering to my personal taste, as it is a firm collection of deep fried metal pâté that fans of the genre will lap up like hungry dogs.
Alright, this doesn't necessarily fit in with the likes of Black Label Society, Brand New Sin, and their ilk, because Spice has a clear, booming vocal ability which makes "The Will" slightly agreeable. His performance is all I can really recommend for casual listeners, as it is so obviously the highlight here, but generally this is more melodic than anything I've heard from the genre, with a plethora of catchy, fist in the air choruses, beer chugging chants and fat, beefy riffs, with a touch of 70s Sabbath and more than a nod to Spice's Kayser. But the fact of the matter is, despite the mix of pounding heavy metal, southern hard rock, soul and psychedelic blues; this all just blurs into insignificance for me, and really is about as listenable as a doped-up chimp's retarded rendition of "Freebird". Production values are high; giving "The Will" a shimmering polish, so those outside of the coterie may find this is one to dodge this coming winter. Fans of Kayser and Spiritual Beggars; go nuts. I'm sure that was the intention.
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