Metalucifer - _Heavy Metal Chainsaw_
(R.I.P. Records, 2001)
by: Quentin Kalis (8.5 out of 10)
The cover photo is bad enough (a photo of the leather clad vocalist holding a chainsaw above a prone body), and the lyrics are laughable (like this gem from "Flight of Iron Pegasus": "Time for the final battle is now / You will burn on Heavy Metal's might / Only Metal hearts will survive now"). Plus they perform true metal, a genre which easily lends itself to ridicule (send hate mail to the above address). But despite everything against this release -- and make no mistake, there is a lot --, I thoroughly enjoyed this album. Not a single dud. My pet hates of true metal -- namely falsetto screams and interminable guitar solos -- are present, but they are used sparingly and do not litter the album, thereby destroying the songs. In fact, the guitar solos do at times enhance the song rather than act as a mere springboard for self-indulgent fretboard onanism. The aforementioned "Flight of the Iron Pegasus" is actually my favourite track on the album, and the record as a whole has spent a fair amount of time in my CD player. Their contagious (not to mention blatantly obvious!) love for heavy metal definitely contributes to my enjoyment of this album. Sure, it's cheesy at times, but it's nevertheless thoroughly enjoyable. Recommended for everybody, not just true metal fans. Take it from someone who normally does not give a shit about any releases from this genre.

Contact: R.I.P. Records, PO Box 41182, Chicago Il. 60641, USA

(article published 12/4/2002)

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