|Review: Voltax - Voltax|
Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: November 9, 2009
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.22/5 (64.44%) (9 Votes)
80s-style Heavy Metal is what you get from Mexico's Voltax on their eponymous debut album. The songs range from Speed/Thrash, in the vein of Nuclear Assault (helped by lead singer Jerry's vocal resemblance to John Connolly), to more NWOBHM mid-paced riffing like early Iron Maiden. The production is raw, as you might expect, and Jerry is harder to understand than Tom G. Warrior with a mouth full of marbles, but Voltax bring the energy, if not the songs.
Overall, I would classify Voltax as "average." The songs are not particularly well written and the performances are pretty pedestrian. That said, the aforementioned energy is hard to ignore. It sounds like these guys let everything hang out when they play, mistakes or missed notes be damned. I can't really think of any standout songs, even after several spins, but the Spanish-titled "Mataviejitas" and "Amo de las Callejeras" rise above the rest of the album.
There's nothing really wrong with Voltax. You won't wish you'd sat in a dentist's chair for an hour rather than listen to the album, but there just isn't anything great about it either. Some better songs and a tighter performance next time out would do much to move Voltax's career forward.
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