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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

--Nailer 06.11.03

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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2001
Frank Hill6/11/2003
Long Live The Loud: That's Metal Lesson IIPowergod
2005
Eric Compton11/17/2005


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