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Reign
Now & Forever

Company: Divebomb Records
Release: 2014
Genre: Traditional
Reviewer: Eric Compton

  • Quality debut



  • Greensboro, North Carolina's Divebomb Records have released another entry in their "Bootcamp Series". Cleveland, Ohio's, Reign were a short-lived band that released one album, "Now and Forever", in 1997. I remember seeing that release posted for sale in one or two of the trade magazines back then and missed the opportunity at the time. Thankfully, Divebomb picked this one up and has given it their normal re-issue treatment. This comes with band supplied photos, new artwork, a sixteen page booklet and an interview with guitarist Joe Simms (Axemaster)

    "Now and Forever" arrived late but never stuck around for the after-party. In 1997, grunge had reached its downward spiral and nu-metal had reared its ugly head. A band focusing on twin guitar melodies, flashy solos and a squeaky clean vocalist weren't the characteristics for commercial success at that point in our history. If the record landed a few years later then things may have worked out differently. Nevertheless this is a quality debut that showcases the phenomenal Joe Simms doing what he does best. The man's attention to 80s traditional metal ala Shok Paris, Armored Saint and Omen can be heard on "The Last Walk", "Crime and Punishment" and the title track. Kudos to the label for bringing this one back for the fans.


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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 contributed to MaximumMetal.com since it's conception in 2003. 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. You can also find him on his paperbackwarrior.com blog discussing all things action and adventure.

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    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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