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Midnight Chaser
Rough And Tough

Company: Heavy Artillery
Release: 2011
Genre: Power
Reviewer: EC

  • Harkens back to the mid 80s



  • Man...California is pushing the heavy load right now.

    Throw another iron in the fire with these LA upstarts. Midnight Chaser proves rough and tough on this debut scorcher that combines NWOBHM with a grindstone, blue-collar feel that harkens back to the mid 80s. I would imagine if this was 1985 then Shrapnel or Metal Blade would have sleeved this on vinyl for human consumption.

    Midnight Chaser compares to the new crew of White Wizzard and Holy Grail with tons of speed chopping and blazing strings. The band rides the power chords hard but are one step ahead of the game with a fantastic singer. Highlights are the Manowar themed "Out On Your Shield" (could have made "Into Glory Ride") and throwback cover of Scorpions rocker "Dynamite". The Atari album cover leaves something to be desired though.


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    Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. 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.

    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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