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Review: Rob Rock - The Voice of Melodic Metal - Live In Atlanta
Rob Rock
The Voice of Melodic Metal - Live In Atlanta

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2009

Rating: 4/5

Review online: October 21, 2009
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
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The Voice of Melodic Metal - Live In Atlanta

Rated 3.58/5 (71.67%) (12 Votes)

Legendary American vocalist and all around top-bloke Rob Rock has been enjoying a fair amount of success these past few years, and no doubt a testament to his indefatigable spirit and perseverance is this rather luscious live package, the first true-to-life performance of this metal icon recorded in Atlanta at the ProgPower USA IX festival back in September of last year. With excellent sound and picture quality, The Voice of Melodic Metal finds the man himself at the top of his game, with tracks like the galloping "Rock The Earth" and fan favorite "Garden of Chaos" showing just how tight and proficient his live unit has become. With Narnia guitarist CJ Grimmark blazing some amazing solos across the neck and drummer Tracy Shell hammering his kit with the strength of a thousand giants, "First Winds of the End of Time" and "Metal Breed" take great advantage of the quality staging, with the awesome backline enjoying a fair amount of screen time. The crowd are receptive to a respectable degree, while Rock himself sounds as if he is about to bust a nut during some of those tricky high notes. But pro that he is, Rock pulls it off with panache, proving there aren't many like him still around in the business.

Closing with the Driver classic "I'm A Warrior", this delightful package confirms Rock's status as metal legend with aplomb. Complete with some rare live bonus material, an audio cd of the concert, and a spoken run through of Rock's career thus far, The Voice of Melodic Metal is a must for Power Metal fans everywhere, especially those who were disenchanted with Halford's latest visual offering.

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