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The Order
1986

Company: Massacre Records
Release: 2012
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: EC

  • By-the-boards, hard rock 101



  • Switzerland's The Order have released four albums in their six year history, a bit much considering that the band are fairly by-the-boards, hard rock 101. This new album buzzes in with the title "1986", odd considering it is 2012 and the last thing the metal population needs is another retro record. Nevertheless this powder keg is still reamed with enough intensity and talent to land near the top of the heap when it comes to the Swiss/Swedish "repeat cycle". A good thing? Not really if you are looking for something fresh and interesting. Neanderthals looking for yet another Scorpions/Accept riff to air frenzy? Well look no further than this gravy grain of licks, attitude and stay hard bravado. These songs are saturated in that generic "fight for the rock" theatric, very evident on cheesy "Damn Hot Chick" and "Long Live Rock And Roll". It's not tongue in cheek ala Steel Panther, instead these guys are absolutely dedicated to the rock with a much more serious and "professional" approach. This might not be the best route when you are playing standard volume feedback with mannerisms that recall Hagar-handled Halen. I dunno, this might be better than the last handful of Vengeance and Tankard records but the bar is extremely low it seems. As more and more hard rock seems to cloud up the atmosphere I am really holding out for that special combination of guts and glory, a good band with a great singer that isn't afraid to write catchy riffs but still challenge the listeners with solid writing. Who's going to replace the Teslas and Night Rangers of the world when old school goes new school?


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    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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