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Backdawn
I Shall Burn Your Empire
Type: CD
Company: Independent
Release: 2016
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 11/11/2016
Chock full of heavy, monstrous riffs
French extremists Backdawn unleash an all out assault on the senses with "I Shall Burn Your Empire". Chock full of heavy, monstrous riffs and agonized growls and pained screams, this album is a force from the jump. Plenty of melody in the guitars adds a nice balance of sound to the overall heavy feel. Tracks "Of Sand and Blood" and "The Path to Glory" throw in some really good clean vocals, with "Glory" having a huge riff that is the focal point of the song. Overall, the album is thoroughly enjoyable and one that I have listened to several times through already, finding new musical elements and vocals that I missed on previous listens. The variety of the vocals is also very dualistic and provides a solid back and forth between the clean and the death vocals. The guitar tones on this album are massive and the production is quite stellar, as it was handled by Annihilator's Jeff Walker, which explains the clarity and the focus on the guitar sound. This is one that will stay in my rotation a good deal going forward. Definitely take the time to give this one a spin!
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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