|Review: Silverdollar - Evil Never Sleeps|
|Evil Never Sleeps|
Label: Shark Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: December 30, 2007
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
for:Evil Never Sleeps
Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)
With a name like $ilverdollar, I wasn't really sure what to expect here - it's not like I run into bands with quirky names like this every single day. As it turns out, the name carries behind it a slick, modern Hard Rock-ish sound with more than a few doses of Bruce Dickinson-esque Heavy Metal on the side. While there really isn't anything too inspiring or mind-blowing here, and while it isn't an original sound, the band never really comes off as a ripoff or clone of any band, which is a good thing. They also keep the energy level up at all times, which is a plus. I'd say this is pretty damn good driving music, as I'd imagine it functions best when you're up and about. It's not very complex, with simple, bludgeoning riffs and galloping, melodic leads over catchy choruses, but that doesn't hurt it at all - sometimes this is exactly what you need.
The vocalist really isn't that great. Sounding like a weaker Harry Conklin with about 1/4th of that man's godly vocal range, he plows through the material here, sounding slightly strained and forced at times. He gets the job done, but that is about all he does. Some of the choruses here are really grating, too, not helped by the fact that the man behind the mic doesn't have the best voice in the genre - "Gracious Calling" and "Parasites" being the worst offenders here. This band needs a vocalist with a rougher, grittier edge to his voice, I'd say.
There are really no bad tracks here, but a lot of this album is what I'd class as filler in the end. It all sounds fine when you're listening to it, but most of the tracks here do not have that special allure to pull you back in for consecutive listening. The best tracks here include the absolutely killer "Rising Son," "You Got Me Wrong," with its harsher vocals backing the chorus, the catchy, hard-hitting opener "Hollow," and the raging "Unleash Hell." The epic "Leave it All Behind" is good, but it goes on for too long, and unfortunately the vocal lines do tend to grate on my nerves after a while. Probably the best song here, musically, though.
$ilverdollar probably won't be making any "Best Of" lists this year, but they will not draw any flaming hatred either. This is just a solid Heavy Metal outing, and there isn't much wrong with it. Let us see where this band goes next.
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