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Gotthard
Domino Effect

Company: Nuclear Blast
Release: 2007
Reviewer: JP
Rating: 2.5



Edguy on estrogen. That sums up Gotthard nicely for me.

Gotthard is a Swiss hard rock band whose last ten albums have all charted at number one. That's quite a feather for their cap even though the only other Swiss band I know of is Krokus. I didn't even notice the band's name was a sexual euphemism at first, but as I did while watching their added CD video, I knew where the band was aiming their appeal--women. Steve Lee has a good rock voice, styled close to David Coverdale or a Joe Lynn Turner who sounds good on everything. The riffs are moderately edgy with ultra smooth choruses centering around relationships. It all goes down easy, too easy like a vanilla shake with no other flavors to entice and stretch the palette. Don't expect any aggression or harsh sounds here. For fans of Bon Jovi and pretty-boy AOR 80s rock without any sleeze.
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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