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The Showdown - Temptation Comes My Way - 2007
This is a totally new and improved band when compared to their rather lackluster metal-core debut, "Chorus Of Obliteration". In many ways The Showdown has pulled their own version of today's Trivium. While Trivium relied on metal-core aggression through their early career, it was last year's "The Crusade" that soared the band to new heights, stripping off the 'core and exploding with bay area thrash riffs from the '80s. The Showdown has stripped the 'core off for this new development, replacing their debut sound with new super-charged heavy metal freedom that sees the band play straight forward hard rock with a heavy edge. Often enough I'm reminded of Corrosion Of Conformity crossed with Metallica's "Black" album and some Def Leppard thrown in. Better yet, maybe take Fight's first album, "War Of Words", and inject some mid-range clean singing with a bit of twang.
The album explodes with some heavy mid-tempo riffs and gang chants before vocalist David Bunton hits the waves with his memorable and commanding vocal power. On opener "Fanatics And Whores" Bunton leads an explosive display of hook, melodic chorus, and huge solo before building into a wall of double-bass to close. Follow that with "Six Feet Under", with the Def Leppard "Pour Some Sugar On Me" stadium beat bracing the song for Bunton's great runs in the chorus. Stringers Childers and Bailey have a Reb Beach style of guitar, with tons of vibrant melody injected into every note, here hitting a Winger styled lead towards the end. "Breath Of The Swamp" is a fresh breeze of southern rock, a hard hitting affair that is similar to Brand New Sin. More southern rock groove hits the title track, which sounds like Corrosion Of Conformity circa "Deliverance". A fantastic ballad is laid here with "It Drinks From Me", a real soulful tune that rings with acoustic passages. The band still showcases the Maiden vibe that was evident on the group's debut, exploding with twin guitar passages on "I, Victim (Here's To The Year)". The band also checks in with a cover of Kansas' "Carry On Wayward Son", which isn't cookie-cutter by any means. The band makes it their own, a worthy effort that should hit every FM rock station in a perfect world. The album was produced by Paul Eborsold (Three Doors Down, Saliva) and mixed by J.R. McNeely (Demon Hunter), allowing crystal clarity to every wonderful note.
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