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Review: Grimlord - Beast We are Keeping Under Cover
Beast We are Keeping Under Cover

Label: Independent
Year released: 2007
Duration: 14:05
Tracks: 3
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: December 7, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Beast We are Keeping Under Cover

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (6 Votes)

My first reaction upon seeing this band's name was that this was a Black Metal band but, nope, this is basically traditional Heavy Metal.  There's an "obscure NWOBHM" vibe to this demo - think of those lesser known, blue collar-ish bands that recorded a 7" on a small budget back in the late 70s/early 80s.  A very rough sound, a lack of finesse that is very warm to the ears.  Add to this the occasional Maiden-inspired riffage.  This is very upbeat music, very positive-sounding both musically and vocally.  The vocals however are the Achille's heel here: The performance is rather unequal, the singer sounding much better when he uses a rougher style of vocals than when he goes overly melodic and tries to sing too high - then all hell breaks loose and it made my teeth cringe every time.  The guy does the lower-pitched, rough vocals pretty well and they should probably try to write their vocal lines accordingly - the higher range just doesn't sound good at all, and also makes his accent a little too noticeable.  If you look (listen) past that, you can hear some good, honest, unpretentious traditional Heavy Metal with most of the good ingredients: Catchy with cool little solos, galloping riffs and the likes.  If they can get the vocal work right, these guys might just get a nice little album out there (well, they do have an album out, which I haven't heard yet. ;))

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