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  • When I had this album back in the day, I thought it was pretty good, and it’s only gotten better with time. What here is not to love? The two guitars mesh and roar like nobody else. Guy Speranza has one of the best howls I’ve ever heard, and pretty good lyrics, too. The rhythm section is thunder. And every song here is great. If the speed blast of the title track doesn’t rip your ears off, you don’t have ears to rip. They do a good change of pace with a couple of good ballad-like tracks, “Feel the Same” and “No Lies”. Likewise, “Altar of the King” opens with a really nice instrumental before blasting your head off. It’s really hard to describe their sound, because their influences aren’t obvious. If you can think of Montrose’s “Space Station #5″ and “I Got the Fire”, you’re on the right track: adrenalized speedfests. By the same token, Sammy Hagar might be the best comparison for Guy Speranza’s voice, though Speranza is both tougher-sounding and more expressive. No other band really had their guitar sound: the combination of Mark Reale’s Les Paul with Rick Ventura’s bright-sounding Strat makes terrific use of the difference in sound between the two instruments. And tight! The playing is flawlessly crisp, which it needs to be at these speeds. Any band can play loud, but few can really be powerful. Many bands can play fast, but few have this kind of energy. Flaws? Well, “Outlaw” goes on a little bit too long. And the album ends. Other than that, you’d have to go to vintage Sabbath to hear a better metal album.

    Posted on December 29, 2009