Out on AFM Records this is clearly a showcase for Frank’s undoubted talent and to me, this sounds like just that; lots of powerful, fast guitaring surrounded by generic, average songs.
Take the first song, “Running Back”, for example. It starts with a bit of a solo, has a solo in the middle and another near the end. In the meantime, the vocals merely fill in the time in between.
As for the vocals themselves – and I know they are always a personal taste – they just don’t grab me. Rick Altzi has a bit of a gruff voice but somehow lacks the power behind it to match the metal.
Much of the music on the album is performed at a breakneck speed which is down to drummer Andre Hilgers and bassist Michael Muller who team up really well to produce the power to match Frank’s axe work.
I could review and report on each song individually but to be frank (pardon the pun) they all kind of merge into one of great guitaring buried in a sea of boring songs with poor lyrics. “Kill” rhyming with “Thrill”, anybody? That’s not been done before……..
The faster-paced songs are the better ones as when they try to take things down a bit the songs turn into turgid affairs, lifted only by Herman Frank’s solo work.
I appreciate that this is the band’s first permanent line-up and I wish them well as they are a talented group, I just think they should consider some outside help in songwriting.