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I'll preface this mini-review with the disclaimer that I've only listened to this once, at moderate volume, while cooking dinner...
...but wow, what a disappointment!
Got a ticket to see them in a few weeks and thought I'd check out the new one with a view to buying it at the gig, and I'm glad I went to the trouble of the cheeky download.
The first half of the album is like OG decided to finally come out of the closet and indulge all their corny 'old-man metal' urges, sounds like some trad reunion tour nwobhm band or summat.
Then they totally lost me with the classic rock ballad (Save Me From Myself) in the middle of the album. Really terrible. I nearly gave up on it and purged the whole mess from my laptop at that point, but fortunately I was halfway through rinsing some rice and had wet hands.
The second half of the album really picks up, proper OG riffs, nice bit of menace, good hooks... what you'd expect from this mob. Doesn't quite redeem the terrible fifth track but I was in a much more positive mood about the album, thinking maybe I need to go back to the first four tracks and give them another listen.
Then they end it with another slow-burning stinker.
5/10, and that's from a die hard fan who loves all their other albums (well, not so keen on Thieving...)
Scored on the basis that it's got 4 good songs, 4 so-so but not as good as you'd expect, and two that I'd happily never hear again.
We'll see how it comes across live soon :-)
(hope they play the old stuff)
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