|Review: Mob Rules - Cannibal Nation|
Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2012
Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal
Review online: January 15, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
I've always liked Germany's Mob Rules even as their sound has changed and matured from the Sonata Arctica/Edguy-style speedy Power Metal of Savage Land and Temple of Two Suns 2009's rather brilliant Radical Peace, with its darker themes and slower tempos. 2012's Cannibal Nation continues where Radical Peace left off. There's no question the gents in Mob Rules know how to write a Melodic Heavy Metal song. The Choruses on "Close My Eyes," "Tele Box Fool" and the title track are instantly memorable. The vocals have that same gritty yet high-pitched quality that suits the music perfectly and all the instruments are in balance. Despite all that, I felt that Cannibal Nation was missing something as I listened, something to give it "character." As I said, there are no longer any double-kicks in Mob Rules arsenal. Cannibal Nation sticks to mid-paced tempos, with the occasional slower track. Also, unlike Radical Peace, with the 18+ minute "The Oswald File," there's nothing even remotely epic on this new one. What's left is a relatively featureless plain of songs that are admittedly quite good in their own right, but sort of blend together after a while, like a long stretch of straight road where the scenery doesn't change.
Cannibal Nation is not bad, by any measure, and fans of the band, especially Radical Peace, will not want to give it a miss. It just comes across as a little "safe" and I know Mob Rules can do better.
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