|Review: Holy Rage - Holy Rage|
Label: Z Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: August 1, 2011
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)
Many older fans, especially those that know Judas Priest, probably have some memory of the band's original vocalist, Al Atkins. The British-based singer never appeared on an official Priest release, but has since recorded, on his own, tracks that the band originally recorded in the 70s. Since 1989, Atkins has been releasing albums with his own, eponymous, band. They play a typical 80s style of Heavy Metal and have even covered the Priest classic "Victim of Changes."
The Al Atkins band still exists, but is under the radar while Atkins has started a new band under the name of Holy Rage. Composed of essentially the same musicians, the difference between Holy Rage and The Al Atkins Band is the music. Holy Rage play a more modern style, reminiscent of ex-Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno's 90s output. Even the vocal style of Atkins, which is quite crooked and raspy, reminds me of the old Maiden beast.
The music on Holy Rage, the band's debut, is rather banal and boring. I found little of interest in what the guys have to offer. There are a few spikes of Heavy Metal, some new, some old, but there seem to be little enthusiasm whatsoever. I can't say I enjoyed Atkins' voice either. Despite being "tougher" sounding than Halford, he isn't able to lift up the band's musical efforts. Perhaps a major change in the band's approach will aid it on future efforts.
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