|Review: Steve Grimmett - Personal Crisis|
Label: Metal Heaven
Year released: 2007
Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal
Review online: August 4, 2009
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 3.63/5 (72.5%) (8 Votes)
It may have taken a while, but Grim Reaper vocalist Steve Grimmett has finally produced the killer album that we've expected for many years. Armed with a sturdy new line up and a colossal sound from production team Pete Newdeck and Dennis Ward, Personal Crisis is a kick ass demonstration of pure, professional ingenuity; one that you'll find yourself playing over and over during the dank, hollow winter months soon to follow the summer.
Shifting between edgy Hard Rock and Melodic Power Metal, Personal Crisis is certainly not suffering from a lack of identity, but instead seems confident, and holds you in a musical limbo, taking you to a different cave of melodic gold with each unfolding track. Stuck somewhere between Evidence One and Silent Force, the crisp, powerful melodies and tight musicianship offer a constant escape, taking the listener on a wild, Melodic Metal ride. With the guitars heavy, the drums pounding, and the vocals rasping, tracks like the awesome opener "Karma" and fierce closer "Fallen" really stand out, making the Power Metal side of Personal Crisis a degree sharper than the Hard Rock stylings of "Freedom" and "Promises". Grimmett himself is sounding strong, and his performance on the catchy "Wait For Ever" is truly amazing, proving he is still, after all these years, at the top of his game. There are plenty of moments to enjoy here, but without a doubt, it is the Sinner-like swagger of "Afterglow" that is the highlight of this album, with an infectious riff and mauling, punchy chorus.
A total triumph for one of our proudest institutions, Personal Crisis is well worth picking up; after all, if a solo album can keep you head banging well after track five these days, your wallet shouldn't mind being a tad lighter. Crisis averted.
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