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Edge Of Madness - Lars Bjørn - 7 stars

Edge Of Madness

Edge Of Madness
(High Roller Records - 2012)

Finally there is a new record from Paul Gaskin and his men. No. 4 approaches with genuine heavy metal mostly in 80's fashion, but played with great finesse. Gaskin mostly concentrate on live performances, but new stuff must come from time to time, and on the song Damnation we get the sneering hard classical metal with rhythm guitars and catchy song building. Heart Like Thunder gives a good metal rhythm and has a fine balance but no surprises as solos or bridges etc. Man's World represents good metal rock and a good saxophone solo, but the song is build precisely as Dio's song Rock'n'Roll Children, so close that it's almost a copy. Lost And Lonely is okay, a stingy bite in the songwriting, but more or less plain mainstream metal that helps to fill up the record volume. Bedlam is the last good song on the new album, a melodic fist in the face attitude and a great guitar solo to spice up the song. But this album should probably have been released a bit sooner, the songs are in general not the kind that sticks to the mind for a long time, and the only way to make up for this is to make some more music instead of waiting 5 or 6 years between the albums.

7 stars

Lars Bjørn


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