|Review: The Regime - The Regime|
Label: Molten Metal USA
Year released: 1998
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: December 19, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
80s thrash/speed/heavy metal fans take note: You want this. Hell, you need this. The Regime takes the best from each genre and offers it on one single CD. The material here is quite varied, sounding like a mix of 70s and Painkiller-era Priest, Kill 'em All-era Metallica, mid-80s Sinner, NWOBHM, Accept, and even a bit of Hysteria-era Def Leppard (as a song intro only, but still noticeable.) How that's for variety? From aggressive, speedy and thrashy songs down to catchy, sing-along type songs, this CD has a little something for everybody (hmmm OK, not for fans of extreme metal... :)) Yet, through all these different styles, the vocal style remains the same: An sharp-edge raspy voice, clean enough for the clean-cut metal fan but aggressive enough for the thrash fan. I don't know the band members' history, but one thing is for sure, they know how to write songs and they know how to play. It's so clear-cut that I don't feel the need to add much more...
Solos aplenty (especially the 14th song, which is essentially a 3-minute guitar solo), straightforward classic metal that doesn't even sound dated, the one thing one can regret upon listening to this is that the band is no more. Still, this CD has what it takes to get your fix of 80s metal. Listen, this one is a no-brainer: Get it.
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