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Review: Speedtrap - Powerdose

Label: Svart Records
Year released: 2013
Duration: 29:24
Tracks: 8
Genre: Speed Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: November 3, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)

Back in the 80s, when genres were first beginning to infiltrate Heavy Metal, the style played by Finland's Speedtrap would have been called Speed Metal. Speedtrap play 1,000 miles an hour at all times on their debut full-length, Powerdose. Because they play so fast the performances are rather loose, which some might call sloppy, but I embrace as authentically 80s/NWOBHM. I'm happy to let the band's pre-Thrash energy wash over me even as the vocals drift perilously far from being in tune and the guitars and drums treat the beat as more of a suggestion than a rule. Those characteristics take me back to thumbing through import and independent record bins looking for just the right cover art that indicated the next best thing waited inside. Powerdose's art is sufficiently "retro" and "metal." The songs fit the scene as well being more style than substance. The riffs are jagged and the solos squeal, but are hardly original, and the album lacks that one killer track that would make the other seven worth sitting through.

In the 80s, I'd buy albums like this, bring them home and play them once or twice, maybe bring it to a friend's house to see if he liked it and maybe, just maybe, put one of the songs on a mix tape for the car. After that, it would go to the back of the pile and get dusty. Nice try for Speedtrap, but not much of step forward from their 2010 split with Death With a Dagger. There are just far too many bands doing this thing better. I like what Speedtrap is shooting for so I hope they have some better songs when album #2 rolls around.

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