|Posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:20 PM|
Metal Church – Generation Nothing
Written by The Rock Man
Take one part New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, add one part American hard rock and then add a sprinkling of thrash metal, give a good stir and out comes Metal Church. After the release of their last album, 2008s This Present Wasteland and supporting tour, the band unexpectedly decided to call it a day , but now have returned and returned in a big way. With a renewed energy and drawing on elements of previous works such as Blessing In Disguise, Masterpiece and A Light In The Dark, the band deliver a new album Generation Nothing which can stand proudly along side these classic metal recordings.
Bulletproof is the first track on the album and is a solid classic metal track that lays the foundation for the rest of the album. The twin guitar assault from Kurdt Vandehoof and Rick Van Zandt is simply outstanding and along with the power vocals of Ronnie Munroe the pace is well and truly set, Dead City continues the one/two punch with another great riff and infectious groove. The title track, Generation Nothing is the highlight on this album and an absolute firecracker of a song, the price of the CD is worth it for this one track. Noises In The Wall is a near 9 minute epic which starts slowly and builds to a crunchy guitar riff and powerful vocal performance, towards the back half of the track it takes on an Iron Maiden flavour, Jump The Gun is a balls to the wall head stomper.
Suiciety is a great track that changes gears several times and in the middle takes on a Queensryche feel, Scream is a flat out, foot to the floor, steam train, while Hits Keep Comin’ is an enjoyable straight ahead hard rocker as is Close To The Bone, The record winds up with The Media Horse, another track that changes in tempo from time to time but has a great guitar riff and drum/bass groove.
If bands such as Judas Priest, Accept and the like are your thing, I guarantee you will find great value with this band and this particular album, Generation Nothing is how heavy metal was back in the good old days. With such an influx of symphonic metal bands, doom metal bands and this and that over recent years, it is refreshing to hear a band like Metal Church get back to basics.
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