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Review: MadHour - The Beginning of Disaster
The Beginning of Disaster

Label: Independent
Year released: 2012
Duration: 22:12
Tracks: 6
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 2/5

Review online: February 3, 2013
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
The Beginning of Disaster

Rated 3/5 (60%) (4 Votes)

It's quite clear to me that MadHour basically want to be Crystal Viper. Sadly for them, that goal has not been realized here on their EP The Beginning Of Disaster, although they did get the name of their EP fairly correct as this is certainly the beginning of a disaster – a musical disaster.

What's the deal with this singer? This is awful. Her vocals are basically spoken, and there is nothing exciting about them whatsoever. No power, dynamic, nothing, she couldn't even cut it in an indie club band. This music here has the potential to be good, although the band had the genius idea of mixing the vocals a lot higher than the music. I mean come on! Are they really that confident in their singer?

The music itself is basically traditional heavy metal, and it's the only redeeming factor here. There are some good early Maiden and Judas Priest-style riffs here, but the mix sucks. The guitars lack distinction, the drums are a little too loud and as I stated earlier the vocals are too fucking high in the mix. At least they got the lead playing spot on, and as a word of advice to whoever plays lead guitar in this band: Join a better band, dude.

Whilst I might have come across as a little hard this is a largely unspectacular release. MadHour are going nowhere, unless they ditch their god-awful singer. I can barely recommend this release, I guess if you like obscure early 80's metal you might find some enjoyment here, but I warn you this band barely cuts third rate.

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