F U L L . R E V I E W S


Mob Rules - Among the Gods - 2004 Steamhammer/SPV Reviewed by: Jonah Haze

Track Listing
1. Black Rain
2. Hydrophobia
3. Invitation Time
4. The Miracle Dancer
5. Among the Gods
6. New World Symphony
7. Ship of Fools
8. Seven Seas
9. Meet You in Heaven
10. Arabia
I was first introduced to this German power/symphonic classically influenced melodic meeting of madmen during their first release for Limb--1999's Savage Land. Immediately I rejected them based on their name alone questioning everything about them for a very non-original decision. Of course, upon closer inspection, and repeated spins of their first single, "Hold Back the Light" on HardRadio.com, I decided I should pay a little closer attention. There were two misperceptions that were quickly cleared up for me after throwing down the ducats for the full length.

Firstly, their horrible choice for a band name had absolutely nothing to do with their sound and delivery. Secondly, I was concerned after the first single had an unnerving Queensryche quality about it that this was going to be the direction. I couldn't have been more wrong about everything as this band has made its way to the top of my list of new favorites. Four solid, brilliant albums and going strong with some of the highest quality musicians inside the whole lot of Europe's seemingly prodigenous boom.

Recently, one of my most trusted brethren in metal and I were agreeing on how the first three albums were so great that it's brought upon anxiety in wonder of how this band could release such an elegantly superior fourth album. "Ralph", as we shall call him, referred to Mob Rules as "the new Iron Maiden", not necessarily in influence yet rather in inspiration. The double guitar threat is not only relegated to either band of course and neither are any other obvious similarites in attack like high emotional vocals or a radical rhythm section, but here it is the musicallity and sonic command which singularize their inspiration. Thinking progressively (not to be confused with the "progressive" bands) as a unit and as a passionate concept this is a musicians' band that transcendes and translates easily still within an overwhelmed European metal audience.

No direct comparisons to the Scorpions or Accept or Sinner or Gravedigger or any other Teutonica tunesters can be made. In fact Dream Evil and Sonata Arctica sound more German but let's stay on track. I guess what I am just figuring out right now is that it is hard to categorize a sound based on geographica and I hope I have illustrated that pointless point to all of you.

Nevertheless, this is a band that has worked very hard to not repeat themselves or others and utilizes the best of technology and innate musical genius to continually paint futuristic yet familiar metal landscapes. Lost inside a world only owned by what my ears tell my bamaged drain to process, I gravitate without shelter into the soaken streets under "Black Rain" and fight the idea that I am only fooling myself. It falls without any solution for its damage other than to finish off what survived by inflicting "Hydrophobia". Drowning in my own self pity the soundtrack of beautifully sad and passionate melodies stirs at my conscience and remarkably lucid I rise for "Invitaion Time" to witness the gift of the "Miracle Dancer". She brings me to my senses, so I think, as I look back in anger I witness my self preparing for a time of judgement "Among the Gods". The sweet sounds of the "New World Symphony" remind us that the "Rain Song" from 99's Savage Land is not over. Water has now replaced the ground below my feet as I hitch a ride on the Blackmore influenced "Ship of Fools" to provide safe passage across the "Seven Seas" of which by now I have given my life to. Being thrown back to the shore like Jonah in the Whale, love and mortality cross paths as we stray into the uncomfortably overpopulated kingdom of Helloween in "Meet you in Heaven". Bringing our journey of land, sea and sky to an end our destination orchestrates itself into "Arabia" and we melt into a familiar mid tempo soundscape and join the eastern sunrise.

I give this album 10 Sour Krauts out of 10

Link: www.mobrules.de, www.spv.de


--Jonah Haze 08.11.04
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.

Note: Reviews are graded from 0-5, anything higher or not showing is from our old style. Scores, however, do not reveal the important features. The written review that accompanies the ratings is the best source of information regarding the music on our site. Reviewing is opinionated, not a qualitative science, so scores are personal to the reviewer and could reflect anything from being technically brilliant to gloriously cheesy fun.

Demos and independent releases get some slack since the bands are often spent broke supporting themselves and trying to improve. Major releases usually have big financial backing, so they may be judged by a heavier hand. All scores can be eventually adjusted up or down by comparison of subsequent releases by the same band. We attempt to keep biases out of reviews and be advocates of the consumer without the undo influence of any band, label, management, promoter, etc.

The best way to determine how much you may like certain music is to listen to it yourself.



ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: MOB RULES
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Among the GodsMob Rules
2004
Jonah Haze8/11/2004
Radical PeaceMob Rules
2009
Eric Compton4/16/2010


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: MOB RULES

No Summary reviews currently exist for them.


ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: MOB RULES
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE


YOU MAY ALSO LIKE THESE POWER STYLED RELEASES:


<< back >>






ERIC COMPTON PICKS
Rage
The Devil Strikes Again
Daniel Trigger
Army of One
Baby Snakes
Gunslinger
Warrant (Amer)
Rockaholic
Barb Wire Dolls
Desperate

GREG WATSON PICKS
Violet Cold
Magic Night
Necronomicon
Invictus
Shadowflag
The Delusion Machine
Striker
City of Gold
Nile
Those Whom The Gods Detest

FRANK HILL PICKS
Born of Fire
Dead Winter Sun
A Sound of Thunder
Who Do You Think We Are?
Five Finger Death Punch
The Way of the Fist
Monster Truck
Sittin' Heavy
Volbeat
Rock The Rebel / Metal The Devil

DAVID LOVELESS PICKS
Gigan
Undulating Waves Of Rainbiotic Iridescence
Doom Side Of The Moon
Doom Side Of The Moon
Decapitated
Human's Dust
Leprous
Malina
Sepultura
Machine Messiah