Breakdown To Breakthrough
12/8/2006 - Review by: Eric Compton
Pump - Breakdown To Breakthrough - 2006 - Metal Heaven
In 2004 I remember reading about a band called Pump, a German outfit fronted by ex-Brainstorm singer Marcus Jurgens. The group released their debut for Soulfood entitled "Against Everyone’s Advice". The record received fabulous reviews but your favorite metal journalist could never get his dirty paws on a copy. Now the band has released their follow-up entitled "Breakdown To Breakthrough". The group are on new label Metal Heaven, which is a subsidiary of AOR Heaven, the fantastic German mailorder/label that has released some modern day classics. This new record was produced by Tommy Newton, famed producer of Helloween, Moon Doc, Victory, etc.
Fans of today's modern German power metal should find plenty to shout about here. The band uses some heavy power chords to fully embrace a slicked up, polished sound that is in the vein of Sinner and Primal Fear. Some cuts go into the '90s visions of UDO and Accept material, with so much heavy metal thunder that it almost shakes the shiny off of the hard rock persona the band illuminates. Singer Marcus Jurgens is right on target here, really displaying the high vocal pitch that he used so well with Brainstorm. Guitarists Axel Reissmann and Ulli Hauff craft a good dose of melody and twin guitar into the heavy groove passages. I can imagine these two were heavily influenced by the "Balls To The Wall" combo of Wolf Hoffman and Hermann Frank from '83. Favorite cuts include the stomping opener "Revolution On My Mind" and the fantasy tune "Blood On The Blade".
Bottom Line - Anyone in the mood for classy hard rock with the power metal blasts made popular by the Germans should pick this up immediately.
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