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Review: Truffle - If You Really Want
If You Really Want

Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 37:48
Tracks: 7
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: October 16, 2011
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 2.83/5 (56.67%) (6 Votes)

Truffle is one of those hundreds of NWOBHM bands that had three things in common: (1) a weird name, (2) mellow, unpolished metal and (3) released an album years after the whole NWOBHM thing was over (1986) even though they formed back in 1979. This album is not new material; it's a compilation of songs first released "way back when."

Truffle's material is a mix of catchy, hard-rocking mellow Heavy Metal and ballads. The vocalist's voice is good, but there's practically no hint of aggressiveness. He's very melodic, his style is very soft and kind of an odd fit for a metal band (this can be said of a lot of NWOBHM bands, however.) He does go into higher pitches on songs like "Street Fighter", but overall he sticks to a less "threatening" style. His voice is kind of addictive though, and after a couple of listens I had quite a few vocal melodies stuck in my head.

There's a hint of late 70s metal à la Iron Maiden, but watered down. A lot of this just chugs along without being all that remarkable, though there are a few highlights here and there where things rock harder and you can finally find the guitars doing what they're supposed to do – cool little riffs and a few solos which, while not great, are more than welcome to break the otherwise safe, soft metal on offer.

You'll definitely find better and worse NWOBHM than Truffle, and this has a few good songs that make it worth checking out for those who like metal from that era. The legendary charm of unpolished, garage-style, rocking metal of the NWOBHM is present here, but might be a bit too soft for many.

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