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Review: Crusader - Rise of the Templars
Rise of the Templars

Label: Independent
Year released: 2011
Duration: 14:39
Tracks: 4
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: October 15, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)

This tries hard, but it's just not really very good. This band is five dudes from Chicago playing stripped-down metal in the vein of classic Priest or maybe a cleaner Motorhead. The problem is that while these songs are competent, they don't do a single thing you have not heard a billion times, and they don't do it well enough to make up fort the lack of originality. The vocals are another weak point, as singer "Hoagy" is not what you would call "good". He sounds better than Lemmy, but he suffers from not actually being Lemmy. He tries for a rough-and-ready style but isn't rough or ready enough to really pull it off. When he sings clean he sounds flat and unexciting. These tunes would sound a lot better with a better singer, as the band does flash potential here and there with solid songs like "Asgard's Fire", which is where the EP really comes together in terms of riffs and delivery. A band with promise if they work hard.

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