|Review: Ross The Boss - Hailstorm|
Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: October 15, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Album number two from Ross Friedman and his band of merry metalheads is decidedly more of the same; if you enjoyed the debut album you will no doubt find more to enjoy on this one. For the most part this is quite average metal although there are a few winners to be found amongst the track listing, with "Kingdom Arise" being a fist-raising, galloping metal number that I've enjoyed headbanging along to quite a few times. Other quality numbers would be "Dead Man's Curve" with its cool opening harmonies and a fun chorus and "Crom" is another of the cooler numbers, with some quality riffing.
I think the majority of the first half of Hailstorm is quite fun, but after "Crom" I found myself scratching my head and looking at the clock, I felt things really dropped after this point and I had to wrestle with hitting the stop button. However "Great Gods Glorious" is decent enough with real anthemic guitar leads, not to mention this one is an instrumental. Which brings me to the weakest part of the album, Patrick Fuchs. I don't hate his vocals or anything I just don't think he's the right man for the job, although he would be well suited for a Hammerfall type band.
All in all I'm not the biggest fan of this band, but they certainly have their moments. I will say that they kill live though, and I could imagine "Kingdom Arise" being truly excellent in a live setting, catch them if you ever get the chance. As for Hailstorm, I can't see it making any best of lists but it's hardly offensive and if you enjoy standard meat and potatoes metal you'll find this a welcome addition to your collection.
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