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The Classic Struggle - Feel Like Hell - 2005 - Metal Blade

Track Listing
1. Death March
2. Feel Like Hell
3. From These Days
4. Amen To Artillery
5. The Forgotten End
6. Unsacred
7. Burn The Fallen
8. Storm Of Swords
9. Sworn Alliance
10. It's Not About Breaking Hearts...
11. Claim Your Own
12.Take Aim
Wow, I never would have guessed that The Classic Struggle would be based out of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. What an odd place for something this dark and sinister. Nevertheless, the band show up in full swing wearing their hate gear, unleashing on the free world a solid album that lives by paint by numbers metalcore. That isn't really a bad thing, as their debut album "Feel Like Hell" is the perfect metal core record, filled with solos, breakdowns, guttural growls, and of course blast beats on blast beats. The end result is another solid entry in what has become Metal Blade's new roster lifestyle.

The Classic Struggle is a band that really could be on the same page as bands like Unearth and Watch Them Die. I can hear a bit of Mantas and Pro-Pain in their down-tuned guitar scrapings, most evident on tracks like "The Forgotten End" and "Burn The Fallen". The winning formula here is of course huge, grinding grooves that build into faster tempos and of course the unexpected timing change. The album highlights for me include the choppy "Storm Of Swords" and the melody flirtations on "Amen To Artillery".



--EC 1.12.06
About this Writer:
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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Feel Like HellThe Classic Struggle
2005
Eric Compton1/18/2006


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