Made In Tribute -
A Tribute To The Best Band In The Whole Goddamn World
On the Japanese label Toy Factory, we have a nice tribute to, as the
subtitle aptly states, the best band in the whole goddamn world, Iron
Maiden. I'll just review this track by track:
Arch Enemy "Aces High": Just as you'd expect, a straightforward Death
Metallized version. The vocals are the weak points here, they sound
forced. The rest is very well executed, but nothing really special.
Decameron "2 Minutes To Midnight": I never liked this song anyway, and
Decameron doesn't change that. Nice guitars, competent (!) clean
vocals, but a bit of a flat sound and unimpressive drumming
Therion "Children of the Damned": Also a bit of a lack lustre cover,
this one suffers from bad vocals - Christoffer (?) sounds like he has
a softball somewhere halfway his throat. I expected something
bombastic or orchestral, like "Theli" or "Vovin", but alas.
Armageddon "Die With Your Boots On": Finally, a song with some real
power! Aggressive vocals, crunchy guitars, great solo, nice double
bass drumming. It's close to the original, but Armageddon pull it off
Nocturnal Rites "Wasted Years": Well played, and very close to the
original, this is good! The singer just as good as Bruce if not better
(bear in mind that I never really liked Bruce's singing that much).
The whole thing has a full, clean sound, nice audible (!) bass lines,
and well-executed solos.
Sadist "Wrathchild": This is one of the best covers on this album.
Sadist transform this classic (I've always liked the Paul Di'Anno-era
Maiden most) into a short eerie ultra-tight technical blastfest.
Angry-as-fuck vocals, some futuristic synth sounds, and mechanically
precise drumming. Too bad it's so short (2:30) though.
Lord Belial "The Trooper": This version is at least twice as fast as
the original, and the abundant blastbeats throughout the song and the
vile screaming make this very enjoyable. Too bad this band is no
Naglfar "The Evil That Men Do": The mid-90s Swedish Göthenborg-style
gave us tons of bands playing Death Metal with Maiden-licks and Black
Metal style vocals - and that's exactly a description of this song.
This is a highlight of this album, fiercely played, impressive vocals,
killer production, while still retaining the original spirit.
Dark Tranquillity "22 Acacia Avenue": Another Göthenborg band, but why
the hell cover this song? Competently played, but not exceptional and
in the end it simply stays as cheesy as it ever was.
In Flames "Murders In The Rue Morgue": Yep, another Göthenborg
band...and this is great! Sounds like it's played with Spanish peppers
up their asses, fast, furious, full of cool licks and solos.
In conclusion, this tribute is fairly good, although not as good as
the "A Call To Irons" tribute on Dwell Records. Some nice tracks, some
soulless drivel, but overall definitely enjoyable. Of course we all
know that nothing beats the originals, but at least this is better
than anything Maiden released in the '90s, and it's nice to hear some
bands give different twists to the songs you know so well(the
blastbeats in Lord Belial's "The Trooper" for instance).
© 1999 sybren