Powergod - Bleed For The Gods (That's Metal - Lesson I) - reviewed by: Nailer
Heavy Metal 101 is now in session class, and Powergod is your instructors.
Now, this is a cool CD. Thrash and power metal songs redone by some guys with respect for their elders and out to have some fun. "Bleed For The Gods (That's Metal - Lesson I)" is a damn good listen with a really killer live, loud sound. President Evil's vocals are a cross between ex-Anthrax vox Joey Belladonna and Eric Adams from Manowar giving him a nice range to work within.
Let's open the Book of Song:
Chapter 1. Lion's Roar/Bound To Be Free (SAVAGE GRACE) - vintage Maiden for the first minute then awesome thrash.
Chapter 2. Bleed For The Godz (AGENT STEEL) - another killer thrasher.
Chapter 3. Metal Church (METAL CHURCH) - mid-tempo, menacing cover from an under-rated group.
Chapter 4. Ruler Of The Wasteland (CHASTAIN) - good late 80's number.
Chapter 5. Kill With Power (MANOWAR) - As big as any power metal you can get. Charge you like a locomotive
Chapter 6. Stars (HEAR'N'AID) - remake of a Dio project from 1985. Nice sounding, but some odd vocals. Even has mutiple guitar solos.
Chapter 7. Burning The Witches (WARLOCK) - power metal classic with Doro herself on some vocals. Great one.
Chapter 8. I'm A Viking (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) - maybe a little slow for this disc. The tone and vocals remind me a lot of Black Label Society.
Chapter 9. XXX (NASTY SAVAGE) - maybe the heaviest on here.
Chapter 10. Steel The Light (Q5) - not bad, but a bit off pace with the rest.
Chapter 11. Tor With The Hammer (TNT) - Big, harmonized power metal. Infectious as hell.
Chapter 12. Madhouse (ANTHRAX) - It's old Anthrax...nuff said.
Chapter 13. Metal Merchants (HALLOWS EVE) - more good thrash
Chapter 14. Red Rum (LIZZY BORDEN) - Great 80's style metal. Kicks you in the ass and writes your name down for another kick later.
Chapter 15. Soldiers Under Command (STRYPER) - Ok, but a bit weak for this CD.
Chapter 16. You And I (M.A.R.S/DRIVER) - wouldn't be complete without a power ballad.
Some of these songs may be even better than the originals and I wish this kind of stuff would come back around. Hell, I even made my own list of songs I think should be on Lesson II:
Iron Fist - Motorhead White Witch - Savatage Evil Eyes - Dio Purgatory - Iron Maiden Blood and Iron - Overkill Save the Skull - Heathen Who's To Blame - Sacred Reich AC/DC - Sweet Children of the Grave - Sabbath The Mob Rules - Sabbath Hail & Kill - Manowar Beyond the Black - Metal Church Dance of the Dead - C.O.C. Sorry?! - Suicidal Tendencies
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.
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