|Review: Gods of Fire - Hanukkah Gone Metal|
|Hanukkah Gone Metal|
Year released: 2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: December 29, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Hanukkah Gone Metal
Rated 3.25/5 (65%) (8 Votes)
You've got to give Gods of Fire points for originality. An entire album dedicated to Hanukkah. All of it. Just like their debut album, this one takes some getting used to – at first I must say I almost hated this, but after about 3-4 listens it started to click. Mind you, some of it still sounds pretty ridiculous, reminding me a bit of those movies with a Jewish wedding when they're partying with all the traditional music afterward – except here you've got the whole metal factor going on.
There's a certain epic feel at times on this, sounding – atmosphere-wise – like a cross between the old epic Maiden songs and the more folky epics that we get from Europe these days. Some of this is pretty good sing-along material, while at times it just goes way too anthemic for a crowd to start chanting this. This is where the singer sometimes tries to do too much, hitting notes a bit higher than he should and almost making your teeth cringe in the process – but at least most of the time he handles the vocal duties very nicely, with a clear, clean voice. The music is Heavy Metal, a mix of traditional and more modern, sometimes flirting with Power Metal without quite getting there. The arrangements are a bit weird when things get more folksy, but you still get plenty of basic Heavy Metal: crunchy, razor sharp riffs and some very nice soloing – but to get to those, you have to put up with the weird stuff going on on the album. This is like a trip in a Heavy Metal synagogue, I guess – you've been warned!
In the end, while this is interesting and somewhat entertaining when not downright funny/silly, Hanukkah Gone Metal doesn't sound like something that'll have much lasting power. It's gimmicky and that kind of stuff usually gets old very fast. Still, it's worth hearing, if just for the hell of it.
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