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Review: Squealer - Under The Cross
Under The Cross

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 43:19
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: March 7, 2002
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
Under The Cross

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (6 Votes)

Squealer is a band that has the effect on you that when you first hear an album from them you are not overly impressed by what is presented but slowly and surely you it starts to sink in and you seem to like it more and more.

The new album "Under the Cross" is certainly no exception to this fact either. When I listened to it for the first time I thought it was alright but nothing that would get more than a few spins before it was relegated to the shelf. I then took it with me on my way to work and since I have about a 40-minute drive to get to work I can just about hear the whole album on the way. So I listened to it on the way and thought better of it and on the way home I listened to it again and thought even more of it. So by the time I am writing this review I have heard it 5 or 6 times now and each subsequent listen I seem to like it more and more. So again Squealer has succeeded in creating an album that really grew on me. It is not that the album is horrible the first time you listen to it, far from it but it just has that feeling that you have heard this before. The more you listen however the more it starts to differentiate itself and the more it starts to draw you in. Squealer play melodic metal that can range from basic power metal (Edguy, Helloween) to pure metal (Primal Fear, Judas Priest) and they throw in a few thrash elements here and there for flavor. Hell there is even a song that has a Goth kind of feel to it (Fade Away). At times the differing styles can just sound like they are not sure which road they really want to take but at other times it all seems to come together. The vocals are not your basic high pitch that you would normally associate with this style of music but are at times a bit harsh and rough sounding. The guitar work is adequate but there are some really good hooks here and there but overall nothing that would really make you sit up and take notice.

Overall I would say the band would be better served by picking a style they would like to stay with or simply incorporate all the differing styles together in one. At times it seems to sound like you are hearing a different band and it really hurts the continuity of the album. I would still recommend this but I would definitely advise listening to this more than once or twice before forming an opinion on it. Trust me when I say the more you listen to it the better it gets… :)

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