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Audrey Horne
Youngblood
Type: CD
Company: Napalm
Release: 2014
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 5/13/2014
Classic rock executed to near perfection
Unholy metal mayhem bangers! I'm so glad I was convinced to give this album a spin. Audrey Horne is ironically, a breath of fresh air in the stagnant retro genre. Changing from their prior alt/grunge sound was the kick in the ass this band needed. Black metallers doing rock better than some current US bands is damn impressive. Once these guys removed the corpse paint from their faces and tabled the anger and hate, Audrey Horne was awakened. Guess those guys do have a soul after all and didn't make a pact with ol' Lucifer.

From the opener, "Redemption Blues" to the final track "The King is Dead", this album delivers quality hard/classic rock tunes that will undoubtedly get stuck in the deepest recesses of your brain with classic rock executed to near perfection. The vocals delivered in Youngblood are reminiscent of Jeff Lynne of ELO with a bit of Steven Tyler singing thrown in for good measure. Delivering the vocals with emotion and a good cadence, you'll find yourself singing along in no time at all. The guitars are a modern take on the classic sound of KISS and Rainbow with some Thin Lizzy-style melodic twin-lead, lessening the fuzzy, cloudy sound that most classic rock bands tend to lean towards. But that doesn't mean that the solos or riffs lack some punch. You'll be pumping your fist to the riffage throughout Youngblood.

This album summed up in one word: banger! Each song on this album could be released as a single and together they make a tremendous record. Tracks "Redemption Blues", "Youngblood" and "Cards with the Devil" are standout tracks for me and will give you a great idea of what you are in store for. To borrow the lyrics from the title track "Youngblood, full of piss and vinegar"--a must have for any metalhead or hard rock fan on the planet. This needs to find a home in your musical library ASAP.
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: AUDREY HORNE
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2017
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2014
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