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Eyefear – Edge Of Existence (1996)

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Wow.  It’s not very often that I put a CD in to rip that iTunes doesn’t recognize, but this is one of them.  I really am quite shocked.

This is another band that Kelz turned me on to through one of his many compilation tapes.  Eyefear hail from Australia and surprisingly enough they are still together, not that I really care now.  This is the definitive album by them.

It was the opening track, Of Blind Faith,  that he had on there and it is just one of those almost perfect songs, albeit the intro is a bit lengthy.  The album has some elements of prog and traditional metal.  It’s not the tightest of albums but it all just seems to work.  Sort of like the Vis Vires album I reviewed a while back.  Not perfect, but done well enough to leave a lasting impression.

The vocals really do it for me.  Too bad he only lasted for one album.  Lots of good vocal harmonies throughout.  There are some tasty guitar solos on here as well.  I think one of the guitarists was a fan of Andy LaRocque as I hear a few ripped off hooks…not that there’s anything wrong with that.  None of the songs really pick up speed that much besides the title track.  No matter, it’s worth hearing.

I own 2 copies of this CD.  One of them I got from Sentinel Steel Records and I think the other I janked off of eBay.

Download it here and enjoy.

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December 14, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Agressor – Say Your Prayers (1996)

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Here’s a good one from the vaults that most metalheads probably haven’t heard…but should.  Agressor was a NY band agressorthat apparently had been around since the 1980s but really only got decent recognition when their debut full length album, Say Your Prayers, was released in 1996.  Kelz turned me on to these guys on a compilation tape that he had made for me.  After hearing it I immediately called Sentinel Steel Records and ordered it from Denis.

The best description is to call these guys a poor man’s Overkill because the singer could fill in for Blitz and I doubt anyone would notice the difference.  Say Your Prayers certainly has a feel of Overkill’s Feel the Fire and Taking Over, but of course not quite as good…and a decade late.  That being said I have always loved this CD.

These guys apparently changed their name to Magus Beast in 2002 and I don’t think they ever released anything else.

If you dig Overkill’s early sound, then certainly download this and you won’t be disappointed.

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November 15, 2009 at 9:16 pm