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Victory - Instinct 2003 SPV reviewed by: EC

Track Listing

1.Running Scared
2.Plastic Hero
3.Another Notch In The Bedpost
4.Starman
5.Enemy
6.Victorias Secrets
7.Nomads Of The Night
8.Seen The Light
9.Instinct
10.Riding Low
11.Songs Of Victory
The German hard rock legends have returned!

After a long stint away from the metal spotlight, seasoned hard rock veterans Victory have made a triumphant return back. Thats right, "Instinct" marks the first Victory album in 7 years and the first Victory release to feature the original lineup since 1988.

Founding members Charlie Huhn, Tommy Newton, Herman Frank, Peter Knorn, and Fritz Randow have lit the metal torch once again, delivering a solid album of top tier metal driven hard rock with "Instinct". During the band's absence, its members have been keeping busy with their own agendas. Huhn has spent some time with rock legends Foghat, Randow has been holding the sticks for Saxon and Sinner, Frank has produced many albums including his own band Moon Doc, and Tommy Newton has produced a majority of the European hard rock releases of late.

This new album is just another classic Victory release featuring all of the band's traits we've grown to love. Huhn can still wail with the best of them, and the combo of Frank and Newton on guitar is heavenly. This album really has plenty to offer, from party rockers like "Another Notch In The Bedpost" and "Victoria's Secrets" to scorching battle cries like "Nomads Of The Night". Power metal fans will eat up "Running Scared" while modern rock listeners will enjoy the sounds of "Starman". "Enemy" is probaby the heaviest Victory song of their catalogue, bringing a bit of evil to this German rock sound. This is just a brilliant album all the way through and fans of every metal genre should enjoy it.

"Instinct" is a fully charged, high octane ride chocked full of intensity and hard rock passion. The wait was well worth it and hopefully this record will prove to be more than just a reunion album.


--EC 11.11.03
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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.

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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Fuel To The FireVictory
2005
Eric Compton1/18/2006
InstinctVictory
2003
Eric Compton11/10/2003


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