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Review: Pegazus - The Headless Horseman
The Headless Horseman

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 53:33
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: June 3, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Headless Horseman

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (10 Votes)

Think of Pegazus as "Manowar without the overblown ego". This Australian outfit is already at its fourth album, and like Manowar, they're into pure heavy metal music, with cheesy, anthemic compositions that often praise metal (you get the picture.) This fourth album features a new singer, something I was a bit worried about since I really liked the previous singer's performance on the band's third album, "Breaking the Chains". It turns out that this new band member handles the job very well with a voice that's very well suited to this type of music, although it took me a couple of listens to get used to this new voice.

"The Headless Horseman" is not as in-your-face as its predecessor, being a bit more melodic and a with couple less "powerful" tunes. Still there are some very enjoyable pieces here, such as the title track, Nightstalker, A Call To Arms - my favourite on the album, The Patriot, Look to the Stars, Dragon Slayer, Neon Angel and the closer Ballad Of A Thin Man (although this one ends on an uncomfortable silence, something that annoys me when the CD is on repeat play or when listening to it in the car - and no, I'll never stop bitching about useless silences at the end of albums.) Hmmm... OK I almost named every song there. Ballad Of A Thin Man can almost be categorized more into the hard rock category, being almost radio-friendly but still a very good song. More melodic moments aside, the album is essentially along the same lines as their previous offering, sharp and crisp heavy metal with some very noticeable and enjoyable guitar solos - an absolute requirement in this specific genre of metal. This is by no means innovative no matter how you look at it, the band playing 80s-style music with a modern production. Some will be turned off by the cheesiness or whatever, while others will rejoice. Personally, I like to have this kind of album around for when I'm in the mood for some straightforward party-like heavy metal that I can just headbang and air guitar to. :)

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