|Review: Messenger - Captain's Loot|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2015
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: August 13, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 2/5 (40%) (1 Vote)
Germany’s MessengeR is one of numerous second-tier crunchy Power Metal bands knocking around the European scene and after their last full-length Starwolf - Pt. 1: The Messengers in 2013 they’ve delivered the Captain’s Loot EP, something to hold the fans over while they presumably work on Starwolf - Pt. 2.
Of the eight songs on Captain’s Loot, one appears to be new ("Sign of the Master"), two are apparently new versions of MessengeR songs from earlier releases ("Asylum X-T-C" from the album of the same name, "Tod dem DJ" a German-language version of "Kill the DJ" from a 2005 EP) and five are covers. Reviewing releases like this is something I struggle with. They are kind of gimmicky and usually only appeal to die-hard fans or those who like covers and that is true of Captain’s Loot. The original songs are generic Power Metal fare that no one will have trouble living without and the covers are a mixed bag. Their version of Rainbow’s "Kill the King" and Running Wild’s "Port Royal" are high-energy and quite enjoyable. Zed Yago’s "Black Bone Song" is a crummy song to start with and MessengeR’s version doesn’t improve it, "Dr. Stein" is one of Helloween’s "love-it-or-leave-it" tracks (I’ll leave it, thanks) and Dio’s "Don’t Talk to Strangers" is just OK.
As I said, MessengeR die-hards probably already have this and those who like covers probably have these versions on one compilation or another making Captain’s Loot a superfluous release.
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