The Almighty - _Just Add Life_
(Raw Power/Castle Records, 1996)
by: Adrian Bromley (6 out of 10)
While this may be their fifth studio album, _Just Add Life_ is the band's debut album for New York-based Castle Records and much like being a new addition to a label, the music found on _JAL_ is new to the band, quite a contrast to their previous work... sort of. What can I say about this release? Hmm... where to begin? Let's just say when the band began their career the band was a full-blown metallic machine with loud guitars, harsh vocals and some melody thrown in for good measure. Now... well... the band has been somewhat drained of their loudness and metallic overtones and gone for a more commercially friendly sound of both punk and metal influences i.e. "Some Kind Of Anything", "All Sussed Out" and "8 Day Depression". Sounds similar to the plight of Metallica, eh? BUT in the end though _JAL_ is a good record with strong melody, with some powerful vocals provided by guitarist/vocalist Ricky Warwick. With a mixed bag of goodies and sounds ranging from Metallica to face to face to Therapy?, The Almighty's album has something for everyone... that is if the music that fans crave is tight melodic guitars jam packed with catchy vocals.

(article published 17/7/1996)

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