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Gun Barrel - Battle Tested - reviewed by: EC

Track Listing
1. Battle-Tested
2. We Believe In Nothing
3. My Last Ale
4. Roll Of The Dice
5. Rebel Tune
6. Lonely Rider
7. Party In The Hall Of Fame
8. Lover Like A Gun
9. Scream Of The Killer
10. Raven, The
11. Save My Heart From You
12. Death Knell Dance
Battle Tested marks this German metal band's second album, a follow-up to last year's Powerdrive record.
This new release is slightly in that same vein, however a bit more "power metal" oriented. Battle Tested comes at you full throttle, with the title track opening with sounds of battle, before breaking into vintage early Running Wild.

The vocals are very Manowarish, with plenty of "heart of steel" lyrics throughout. Gun Barrel have borrowed a bit of humor from the Tankard camp however, adding a few spoof songs like My Last Ale, Party In The Hall Of Fame, and the funny titled, Lover Like A Gun (Get it?). But this record does have some noteworthy hard rocking German metal ala Roll Of The Dice, which is straight outta the Accept encyclopedia, while Rebel Tune has a slight Grave Digger influence.

This is fairly decent German fare, not offering anything spectacular, but fun nonetheless. The record has a real "outlaw-biker" type touch to it, and sounds tough when it wants to be Think Tankard meets X-Wild in a drunken rage, with Manowar thrown in to keep the peace. Good production and an awesome album cover.

--Reviewed by EC 4.02.03
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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