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Review: Bakken - Worldwide Genocide
Worldwide Genocide

Label: Independent
Year released: 2014
Duration: 23:30
Tracks: 5
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: September 23, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (2 Votes)

The U.K.'s Bakken have followed up their debut album, Death of a Hero, with the EP Worldwide Genocide. It is a release that shows some improvements in songwriting while staying true to the foundation the band laid down on the debut. The music remains Traditional Heavy Metal at its core, but the addition of some Power Metal elements, like double-kick drums and more backing vocals, give Worldwide Genocide an updated sound. Where the debut was, more or less, in the Iron Maiden mold, Worldwide Genocide sounds more like the pounding, modern Metal of Ravage and Steel Assassin. The vocals still have too much James Hetfield sneer but they fit the music well enough and there are some screams that set them apart. The riffs and solos are also a bit better this time around and even though there's nothing on the epic scale of "Voyage of Aodh," the closer "Gaia" does depart from the formula to close the EP out with something a little different.

Worldwide Genocide doesn't change the world and the songwriting, while better, lacks big hooks for the listener to latch on to. Bakken haven't hit pay dirt yet but they are moving in the right direction, and that is promising.

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