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Review: Metalucifer - Heavy Metal Chainsaw
Heavy Metal Chainsaw

Label: R.I.P. Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 46:29
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: May 24, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Heavy Metal Chainsaw

Rated 4.17/5 (83.33%) (12 Votes)

Metalucifer is a side-project of a member of the Japanese Black Metal band Sabbat. There isn't much in common between the two since Metalucifer is heavily influenced by NWOBHM and early 80s American Heavy Metal, or maybe a more practical description would be a sound with its roots in Iron Maiden (some guitar melodies scream early 80s Maiden) but with a somewhat modern yet rawer twist. Not quite what people comonly refer to as "classic metal", but not too far either. This album is a rocker from start to finish: No ballads and nothing even remotely close, which is kind of a relief after having to survive through ballad-intensive albums such as the latest Manowar. Who needs ballads anyway. :) While musically there's isn't much to complain about - straightforward heavy metal that leaves no prisoners - the vocals can be a bit annoying at times, most likely due to the singer's accent. At least I think it's the accent, because frankly, sometimes I don't have a damn clue what he's singing, and as far as I can tell there are no Japanese lyrics in here soooo.... :) Fear not, it's not horrible, and it's only in a few places that the vocals are a bit unnerving (mostly when singing in higher pitches.) I feel the need to point out that the vocals are clean, just in case some could be worried because of the presence of some Black Metal musicians.

Metalucifer makes a nice addition to the sometimes overlooked genre of "pure" heavy metal, and at the very least its Japanese origin should make some people curious to check them out. The band enjoys a bit of a cult following partly because of the Sabbat connection, but I think it can get bigger if they start getting more coverage geared toward the classic and power metal fan communities. There, I probably just gave a few die-hard black metallers a stroke. :) Definitely worth checking out!

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