Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sleazer-Fall Into Disgrace

Infernö Records

Inspired by European power metal and infused with the heart and soul of the N.W.O.B.H.M movement, Sleazer is a traditional heavy metal/speed metal band from Italy that has one demo and one full-length album to it's name. The 10-track "Fall Into Disgrace" is the album in question and just like the numerous group's that Sleazer started out in life covering (everything and everyone from Iron Maiden to Skid Row) it covers a lot of ground! Sure, some of that ground work strolls through familiar territory (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Saxon on one side and Blind Guardian, Helloween, and Stormwitch on the other), but overall "Fall Into Disgrace" is it's own adventure and a damn enjoyable one at that!Whatever faults there are to be found are minor, Sleazer's debut album showing off a lot of growth between the band's creation in 2013 and this (well-written, produced, and performed!) late-February release. In another life or another time, Sleazer would have made for a killer hard & heavy act. Mind you it's still there (especially for those who are keen on looking really close to the picture), but I can't help but think that this Italian band choose wisely when they leaned towards the heavier aspect of it all as opposed to the hard (rock). So, what's the final grade then? Easily it's a A-.

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