|Review: Alltheniko - Back in 2066 (Three Head Mutant Chronicles)|
|Back in 2066 (Three Head Mutant Chronicles)|
Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2012
Review online: January 3, 2013
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Back in 2066 (Three Head Mutant Chronicles)
Rated 3/5 (60%) (7 Votes)
Alltheniko are a weird band. They play a mutant kind of Power/Speed Metal with a kind of oddball vocalist who mixes a Thrash-styled sneer with some wailing sung vocals. On pervious releases they had never managed to combine their disparate elements into anything I really found compelling, though I kept an eye on them because they are excessive and energetic, which is always good.
Back In 2066 (Three Head Mutant Chronicles) is their fourth album, and they seem to have finally managed to blend their styles into a whole, rather than a hodgepodge. You get some fantastic guitar playing with volleying NWOBHM/Thrash-styled riffs and great leads. Vocalist Dave Nightfight has really improved, gelling a real style out of his former morass of sneering and screams, carrying some hooky melodic singing with flair. This is a rough band, and they sound rough, but that just helps to sell their Scanner/Deadly Blessing vibe even better. Their charming language barrier issues still conjure up awesome song titles like "Ticket for the Fireball" and "Dance of Mutant Knight", but that just adds to the wacky sci-fi atmosphere of this album.
I've spent a long time not really getting this band, but this is a really strong album, and if you are a fan of total 80's worship of stuff like Hypertrace then this is a disc to really get into.
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