MABON - "EYE FOR AN EYE" - 2006 - QUAM LIBET RECORDS
1. Mad Mission 2. Are You Blind 3. Eye For An Eye 4. Chaos Of Life
There's currently a long list of bands (maybe unintentionally) stimulating a re-invention of 1980's Metal. Many are 'veterans' of the bygone era but then we also get to hear of emerging bands heeding inspiration from that scene. In connection with these observations, Swiss band Mabon releases a strong debut - "Eye For An Eye".
Mabon's penchant for old-school Thrash is palpable - the songwriting style, the production and indeed the band's attitude all point towards Destruction, Testament, Tankard, Overkill, Metallica, et al. The 4 songs comprising this EP are melodic and catchy but still quite technical with Badi's Thrash vocals sometimes verging on Death Metal. Mabon's 2 guitarists, Monika and Andreas, seem to create a good balance between heaviness and melody, riffage and solos. Particular mention is here due to some amazing shred axework. Not only aren't there any weak songs in "Eye For An Eye" but if Thrash is your cup of tea, you risk finding yourself begging for more.
Mabon might lack in originality but with such excellent musicians, a first class production and such tight-sounding songs, I hesitate to complain!
My Rating: 8/10
* Roger Badertscher: Vocals * Andreas Meidel: Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals * Monika Hagmann: Rhythm Guitar * Remo Schärer: Bass, Backing Vocals * Thomas Bitterli: Drums
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