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The Last Act - No Good Deed Goes Unpunished - 2004 --Nailer

Track Listing
1. Intro
2. Broken Dawn
3. Full Volumage
4. Vision
5. Slave To The Nerve
6. The Memory
7. Rage
8. Guilded Justice
9. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
10. What Are You Waiting For?
11. Struggle
Every year I come upon a couple really great hard rock bands. Sweden's Mother Misery and their formidable 'grandiosity' hit early capturing the breadbasket sound of the American Midwest. With the year almost over, The Last Act's second album provided the bookend to 2004 with 'No Good Deed Goes Unpunished'. After an oddly shimmering opening instrumental, 'Broken Dawn' lights up the CD with a crisp, raw sound reminiscent of 1979-82 when the 70s gave way to the harder-edged 80s and speed and hair were mostly underground thoughts. The rock sensibility here is so perfectly done that I'm convinced that somebody in the band is a musical genius or they've all spent copious amounts of time listening to early Ozzy, Riot, Leppard, Zeppelin and the pummeling of Cream drummer Ginger Baker. Colin Murphy's vocals have an odd early-Ozzy tone (made better with slight vocal treatments) and a couple numbers--Full Volumage and Guilded Justice--sound like the production budget was already busted, but they're easily forgiven with the loose, painful jams of 'Struggle' and the fantastic title track. There's plenty of rough edges for a label/company to file off and some inconsistencies to grow out of, but overall The Last Act is a class hard rock act and one of my favorite independent CDs for the year.

Score: 8.5 of 10

Website: www.thelastact.com


--Nailer 12.14.04
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

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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