|Review: Battlecry - Today Belongs to Us|
|Today Belongs to Us|
Year released: 2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: August 14, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
for:Today Belongs to Us
Battlecry is a two-man Heavy Metal band from New York and this is their third album in four years. They are mostly known for their pro-white stance in the genre and they stand proudly by that ideology. I haven't heard their other works and to me Today Belongs to Us is a classic U.S. metal album in the vein of Twisted Tower Dire, October 31 and their ilk. I happen to be a huge fan of those bands and Battlecry comes close to matching their sound. The album has a nice amount of cool songs like the opener "Blood and Honor", "Break the Spell", the terrific ballad "Don't Cry for the Angels", the speedier "Skull Splitter", the very good instrumental "Mo Chroi" and the top highlight here "Vienna".
The two musicians featured here are good enough for this kind of metal. First, singer/bassist David John isn't the best singer around, but he doesn't distract you from the music. His bass on the other hand is fantastic – you can hear him perfectly and he complements the songs very well. The other member of the band is guitarist/drummer Richard Allen Stewart. He might not be Dave Suzuki but his riffs and solos are catchy beyond belief. His drumming is standard, simple and effective; in this case it works perfectly with the music. Production wise, the record is good enough and considering they released this independently, they deserve some props for that.
Today Belongs to Us could have been a perfect album but there are some things that bring the rating down. Like the genuinely irritating "New World Order", I cannot stand the vocals in this song and except for the guitar solo it would have been a total waste. The same goes for "Hollow Man" – although it is better, it still average at best and "Soldiers of Steel" is as generic as they come. Battlecry is a racist band so you know what to expect in the lyrics department, personally I think that their message is bullshit but that does little to hinder the cool music found here. In the end this album does nothing new nor invents anything, still if you can forego those limitations, this is a solid slab of U.S. metal.
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