Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Ignitor-Haunted By Rock & Roll

EMP Label Group

Austin, Texas' heavy/power metal band Ignitor returns with their sixth full-length album since first forming in 2003. With eight original compositions and a cover of Raven's "Hung, Drawn, and Quartered", "Haunted By Rock & Roll" is also the forth full-length album from this N.W.O.B.H.M.-influenced group to feature lead vocals from Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, ex-Watchtower). Things start off with "To Brave The Way" and then run straight on through to the aforementioned Raven cover. There is a lot of N.W.O.B.H.M. (Judas Priest, Iron Maiden) meets old-school U.S. power metal (Metal Church) madness going on over the course of the nine tracks, but unfortunately the album's terrible production job just ruins it. The album is completely muffled. The vocals are way to high and up front while the bass gets lost in the mix. If it wasn't for the awful production this could have been a eight out of ten kind of metal album. Having given it a few spins, "Haunted By Rock & Roll" failed to win me over. At best this is a C- release from a band that I normally love.

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Blogger Leo said...

"Muffled" is the perfect word to describe the production and the drummer seems very bureaucratic to me, didn't like at all. However, great riffs / leads and the vocals!

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