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Goat Horn - Storming The Gates - October 32 Records 2003 reviewed by: Chaoslord

Track Listing
1. Gates Of Oppression
2. Rotten Roll
3. To The Cliff
4. Final Sentence / Finally Sentenced
5. Storming In
6. Fortress Doomed
7. The Last Force
8. Re-Animation
9. Fate Strikes
Well, this is one of those CD's where I formed an opinion about it before I even listened to it.

I'm glad I listened to it. This CD is a throwback to old school sound as far as the production goes with the music having a doomy kinda sound to it. The vocals are kinda hard to peg as singer Jason Decay has his own style of delivering his vocals. I guess you could say it's a mix of black metal style yelling and clean grunts. Not to say that it doesn't sound cool cause it does.

This trio from Canada obviously has a love for Iron Maiden which shows itself quite clearly on the tracks "Storming In" and "Fortress Doomed". This is an overall great rocking CD. Fans of the older style production sound will enjoy this CD thoroughly and despite some slower doomy stuff it rocks pretty hard and made me bang my head quite a few times. For more info on the band or trying to get a hold of this CD go to their website (www.goathorn.com).

Definitely try this one out.

--Chaoslord 8.26.03
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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