|Review: Skelator - Death to All Nations|
|Death to All Nations|
Label: Metal on Metal Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: September 18, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
for:Death to All Nations
Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (20 Votes)
Hell Yeah, now that's what I'm talking about! I've been hearing so many good things about this band that I decided to give them a chance with this album. Death to All Nations is the first proper full-length record from Skelator and all I have to say is that it fucking smokes. For those that do not know, this band plays pure and ripping True Heavy Metal that is the vein of bands like Skullview, Deadly Blessing and their ilk. Now, if that alone doesn't excite you then I suggest that you listen to something else as this album isn't for you.
When I first heard this, the first thing that I noticed were the awesome vocals of Jason Conde-Houston. This man sings like Rob Halford on steroids, virtually every song features a high pitch screams to make a very cool effect – just listen to "For Death and Glory". But that is only part of the equation as also this band has a pair of guitarists that deliver great riffs and fast solos as well. Both Robbie Houston and Rob Steinway give the songs the necessary variety to stand out so you don't feel like you're listening to the same thing over and over. The rhythm section doesn't disappoint either, while they aren't prominent like the rest of the band they don't distract you and that's what I want from a band of this type.
While they are great musicians the thing that kept me glued to this album were the songs themselves. In short, they just give you a serious kick in the ass. They are epic in nature; with the exception of "Circle of Bloodshed" each song lasts more than five minutes. They all have a massive amount of riffs and combined with their catchiness, you will have a hard time getting them out of your head. You can hear various influences here from Iron Maiden, Manowar, Megadeth but overall few bands sound like this one.
If there was a weakness here is that it all feels very familiar but so what, when you can make things this good I'm not going to complain. I've been listening to this album for weeks now and every time I love it more and more. Anyone who likes Heavy Metal (regardless of sub-genre) should listen to this at least once. Absolutely Recommended.
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