|Review: Powerlord - The Awakening|
Label: Shadow Kingdom Records
Year released: 2014
Originally released in: 1996
Review online: December 9, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4/5 (80%) (9 Votes)
The term "lost gem" has been so overused the last several years that it has little weight behind it now. Well, Shadow Kingdom Records can really claim the original intent of the phrase with their remastered release of obscure Power/Thrash band Powerlord's 1986 full-length The Awakening. Honestly, it is hard to fathom how this band didn't enjoy more success and widespread notoriety. Pummeling riffs, that are both easy on the ears and a blow to the head, support high-pitched screaming vocals and most of the tracks move along at a brisk pace. Powerlord can slow it down just as easily as you can hear on the smoldering "Silent Terror." That track leads right into the lightning-fast, "Hit the Lights"-inspired "The Invasion of the Lords." Shit, this album is just full of bone-rattling guitar and drum work and the vocals give Dan Beehler and John Cyriis some serious competition. If you like old-school metal of the early Thrash variety, say early Exciter, Agent Steel or Kill 'Em All-era Metallica, The Awakening needs to be in your collection ASAP. Powerlord only released these six songs (to my knowledge) but talk about living fast, dying young and leaving a great looking corpse. Recommended.
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