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Easy Rider - Regeneration - reviewed by: EC

Track Listing
1. Regeneration
2. Stranger
3. World Is Coming Down
4. Nightmare
5. No Room In Hell
6. Spectre Of Sorrow
7. Freedom Fighter
8. Eyes That Can't See
9. Goliath
10. Where Angel's Cry
11. Chariots Of The Gods
12. Man Made Martyr
Regeneration is the first album that I have heard from these Spanish power metal warriors.

The band had three albums prior to this with a different singer (or singers). From the opening title track I was blown away by the sheer vocal power of new singer Ron Finn, whose previous work was with an 80s band called Mace. Finn is almost a dead ringer for Jeff Hawks(Artch), and at times hitting high notes that are reminiscent of Bruce Dickinson. Tracks like "Stranger", "Where Angels Fly", and my album favorite "Goliath" remind me of early era Steel Prophet. The band showoff a great ability of storytelling in tracks "Spectre Of Sorrow" and "World Is Coming Down".

Regeneration does come with its weaknesses however, as it seems that the band runs out of ideas midway through the songs. Easy Rider show that they have the talent and ability, so I don't think they should rely on groove metal elements as filler on some tracks. I believe this release will be a good stepping stone in the right direction. Hopefully Ron Finn will stay on board, the songwriting will continue to be fresh, and the band will focus on tighter direction. If they can do these things, then I'll be really excited about the next one. --Reviewed by EC 1.22.03
About this Writer:
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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2001
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