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On disc: Rob Rock



Rage of Creation - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars
Rage of Creation - Katja Henning - 9 stars
The Voice Of Melodic Metal
- Live In Atlanta
- Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars


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The Voice Of Melodic Metal - Live In Atlanta

The Voice Of Melodic Metal - Live In Atlanta
(AFM Records - 2009)


Singer Rob Rock is known in the metal community for his works with M.A.R.S., Driver, Joshua and Impellitteri as well as a solo artist. And now he presents another live album recorded Sept. 27th 2008 in Atlanta at ProgPower US IX - they also filmed that show, so you will also get a DVD of this event. The 11 songs show the range of this extraordinary singer. They open up with the title track of the last studio album Garden Of Chaos. And it's no surprise that some songs found their way into the set list. But if you take a look at the track list, you'll also find some older tunes. If you've seen Rob Rock and his band live before, then it won't be a surprise that they deliver a tight performance and due to the great sound it's pure fun to listen to The Voice Of Melodic Metal - Live In Atlanta. After some fast melodic tunes they ease off a bit for the mid-paced In The Night, but then they speed up again for the heavy Slayer Of Souls. But a real highlight is Judgment Day with it's catchy refrain - and you can hear the audience joining in. And with the last tune I'm A Warrior Rob Rock delivered the song everybody was waiting for. This song is Rob Rock! Kudos!
Fans of Rob Rock will get the CD anyway, but you should consider to get the DVD, coz his live performance is just great! And every fan of melodic metal should check this one out!

Track list:

Garden Of Chaos
First Winds Of The End Of Time
Rock The Earth
In The Night
Slayer Of Souls
Judgment Day
Only A Matter Of Time
This Time Is The Last Time
Savior's Call
Metal Breed
I'm A Warrior


9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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Rage of Creation

Rage of Creation
(Massacre Records - 2000)


Wow, this disc is damn good! The former M.A.R.S. / Impellitteri / Axel Rudi Pell singer Rob Rock is back with his first solo album. The songs don't sound backdated at all and I guess it's Roy Z's work, coz he showed Helloween how metal has to sound these days. A good example for the fresh sound is Judgement Day... In the first moment I thought they present some Nu metal stuff, but luckily Rob Rock is able to combine modern sounds with his more traditional melodic metal. No fillers can be found. Songs like The Sun Will Rise Again, One Way Out, Streets Of Madness and All I Need sound fresh. More mid-tempo are In The Night and Forever, and he surprises the listener with a well-done cover version of Eagle! Not another bad cover la A-Teens.   ;)


9 stars

Katja Henning
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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Rage of Creation

Rage of Creation
(Massacre Records - 2000)


For many it was a shock that Rob Rock left Impellitteri to do a solo album, but it seems that for Rob Rock it was a good decision.
Rob offers fast melodic metal which lyrically is close to Christian metal. After the intro Rob rock starts with The Sun Will Rise Again which is a catchy tune. Judgement Day is a mid-tempo track with a heavy groove and a sing-along chorus.
Interesting is the cover version Rob picked. When I first heard it, it reminds me of Sargant Fury, but a few moments later I realized that this is a cover version of ABBA's Eagle. A metal version of Eagle was done by Germany's Sargant Fury about a decade ago... Personally I prefer Sargant Fury's version, coz Mac's voice fits better....
After a few more rockers Rob finish the album with the ballad Forever. Well done!


8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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