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Review: Metalucifer - Heavy Metal Drill
Heavy Metal Drill

Label: Metal Proof
Year released: 1996
Duration: 50:14
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: May 5, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating
Heavy Metal Drill

Rated 3.87/5 (77.33%) (15 Votes)

This was the debut album from Japan's Metalucifer, a band meant to be a side project of the front man of the Black Metal band Sabbat. I've never heard of them, but any time a Black Metal musician releases a record in a different genre, it makes me curious. As such I was pleasantly surprised when I heard this. Just by looking at the album cover you'll know two things: 1) this is going to be a cool record and 2) they don't give a fuck (Note: There are several different covers for this album, only one is shown here – Ed.) If I had to describe their style it would be like NWOBHM with a raw/underground production and some hilarious broken English lyrics (Venom comes to mind).

The music reflects that, Metalucifer just crank out great song after great song. Tracks like "Heavy Metal Hunter Part II", "Blood Countess" and "Iron n' Steel n' Metal" will bring a smile to those who want to relive the late 70's London scene all over. As I stated before, they remind me of Venom in their attitude but also Iron Maiden with their guitar attack. I really like the straightforward approach to their music, and with its complete absence of ballads Heavy Metal Drill is a rocking ride from start to finish. Not only that, but the band achieved a vintage style production that fits the album like a glove.

The only clear negative that I could hear is that "Wolf Man" and "Headbangin" have a more rock vibe than a metal one, if you know what I mean. They are good songs but not as heavy as the others are. The singer isn't world class and is rough around the edges (his accent is barely tolerable) but his vocal style is perfect for the type of metal the band plays. Still, if you like raw Heavy Metal you cannot go wrong with Heavy Metal Drill. The more I listened to this album, the more I liked it, and while this isn't very original, it's going to kick your ass more than once.

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