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Review: Dezperadoz - An Eye for an Eye
An Eye for an Eye

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 50:01
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy/Thrash

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: May 22, 2008
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
Readers Rating
An Eye for an Eye

Rated 3/5 (60%) (4 Votes)

Dezperadoz's last album The Legend and the Truth was an upbeat, wailing slice of Heavy Metal glory with an interesting cowboy theme to the lyrics, and while it may not have been the most amazing thing ever, it was a lot of fun and certainly worth a listen. I don't know what happened between then and now, but their new one An Eye for an Eye is not quite on the same level of quality.

Completely ditching the Power Metal semblances of The Legend..., Dezperadoz come back here with a heavy, modern guitar sound and bushels of groove riffs and squealy pinch harmonics. There is a distinctly greater presence of harsher vocals cropping up here and there in songs like "Wild Bunch" and "Here Comes the Pain," and the whole thing sounds like the sort of music that Pantera's ancestors would've played in the old West in between ranching and beating their wives. The problem is, the band rarely ever reaches the same kind of heights they did on the last album - expectations are a definite problem here. The western folk influences are good and well-utilized, but the music doesn't follow suit. The riffs are shabby and uncreative, and the vocals are buried underneath the thick, meaty guitar tone, while the choruses are almost never memorable or stirring, not at all like those on the previous album. The brutal, pummeling "Here Comes the Pain," the epic "May Heaven Strike Me Down," and the stomping "Days of Thunder" are cool, and the cover of "Riders of the Storm" is damn fine, but then you get suck jobs like "Wild Bunch" and the lame choice for an opener in "Hate." The closing "When the Circus Comes to Town" is okay, but it plays far too heavily on the theatrics and creepy acoustic parts and not enough on the metal, so it is a bit of a letdown - albeit being an interesting listen. Overall, this is a pretty okay album, but it isn't as good as the last one, not by a long shot.

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