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
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