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Review: Screamer - Phoenix

Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2013
Duration: 45:42
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: March 1, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3.79/5 (75.71%) (14 Votes)

Screamer is one of my favorite new bands that pay homage to the NWOBHM. Phoenix is their second album of unabashed 80s worship and it is a clear step up from their debut, Adrenaline Distractions. Where that album had some killer songs on the first half and then petered out on the second, Phoenix kicks ass from start to finish. There's plenty of high-energy rockers like "Demon Rider" and the title track that would be right at home on Metal for Muthas or New Wave of British Heavy Metal/'79 Revisited. Screamer takes a lot of their queues from Iron Maiden but doesn't plagiarize. Rather, they take the sound of albums like Iron Maiden and Killers and write songs very much in the same style and since Maiden don't write 'em like that anymore, I'm all for it. One thing Screamer need to do is sharpen their skill at writing lyrics. Many of the choruses on Phoenix are far too repetitious.

Phoenix is a wonderful reminder of what it was like, back in the 80s, to dig through bins of import and independent vinyl and uncover a gem among the rocks.

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