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Amulance
The Rage Within and the Aftermath
Type: CD
Company: Stormspell
Release: 2007
Genre: Traditional
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 5/5/2007
Similar to Iron Maiden crossed with Omen and Jag Panzer
Somewhere there is someone keeping a “Lamb’s Book of Life” on all of these 80s records looking for the light. Add another to the scriptures with Illinois act Amulance. Thanks to Stormspell Records the group see a resurgence with this re-release of their late 80s demos. The first six tracks are culled from the 1987 ‘Rage Within’ demo. The second half is the unreleased ‘Aftermath Sessions’ from 1989. The more popular output from this band is the ‘89 debut full-length, ‘Feel the Pain’, released through New Renaissance. I would place Amulance somewhere around the first Iron Maiden crossed with Omen and Jag Panzer with an above average vocalist in Rik Baez. The artwork for this package was created by Bulgarian artist Dimitar Nikolov (Steelwing, Majesty).
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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has contributed to MaximumMetal.com since it's conception in 2003. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia. You can also find him on his paperbackwarrior.com blog discussing all things action and adventure.

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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