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Review: J.C.Jess - Battlefront

Label: Brennus Music
Year released: 2011
Duration: 65:25
Tracks: 14
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: February 11, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 2.2/5 (44%) (5 Votes)

This is a massive album from French Guitarist/Vocalist Jean-Christophe LeFevre, guitarist for French stalwarts Nightmare. Unsurprisingly, this is more rocking and slightly shreddish – though not too bad in that department. The riffing is solid but it doesn't really catch fire for me. JC's vocals are competent, but they are washed through so many effects and filters they have little character – it just sounds like a horde of studio backup singers rather than a real performance. The riffs are chunky and the guitar sound is good, but man, this guy loves his harmonics. His tendency to go for the harmonic squeal all the time makes these songs sound a lot alike, as the riffs are complex but samey-sounding.

A big problem with this album is that the songwriting is just not that well-developed. The tunes will start strong with propulsive riffs and some hooky melodies, but then they never go anywhere with any of it and just keep hammering away without any feel for timing or dramatic build. Then there are those vocals, mixed into an impersonal wall of noise that never engages. This is competent, but not really all that great.

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