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Review: Phantom-X - The Opera of the Phantom
The Opera of the Phantom

Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 67:31
Tracks: 16
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: December 14, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3.43/5 (68.57%) (7 Votes)

Phantom-X, from Dallas, Texas, combine a couple of different 80s approaches on their fourth album, The Opera of the Phantom. You've got the melodic songwriting of the NWOBHM and the sharper, more aggressive playing of the U.S. school of Heavy Metal. They work well together and, wrapped up in a tight, clean production, the album sounds great. The lyrical theme is ambitious and it takes the band 16 tracks and well over an hour to tell their story (which I haven't quite worked out but has definite overtones of man trying to emulate God). The whole band is on top of their game and there are many riffs that grab you by the throat. Singer Kevin Goocher has a great voice for this style, gruff yet clean and powerful. If The Opera of the Phantom has a weakness it is that it isn't overly memorable. I've listened many times and still have trouble remembering any specific hooks, though that hasn't stopped me from enjoying the hell out of the album while it is on.

If music that is equal parts mid-80s Iron Maiden/Saxon and Vicious Rumors/Lizzy Borden sounds good to you, The Phantom of the Opera is well worth your time.

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