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Battle Beast
Bringer of Pain
Type: CD
Company: Nuclear Blast
Release: 2017
Genre: Power
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 3/23/2017
Once they were power metal, now synth-pop
The synth-pop of the 80s is really the biggest member of Battle Beast at this point. Now, two years removed from founder and co-vocalist Anton Kabanen, Battle Beast are evolving into a different band. The power metal persuasion of the prior records has deteriorated over time, replaced by this hybrid of AOR, power metal and posh. It sounds more Swiss than Italian, and less German in its Teutonic toppings. Songs like “Bringer of Pain” and “Bastard Son of Odin” kill it, but that speedy intensity is completely lost on three-fourths of the album. Color me completely and utterly confused with dance-pop number “Dancing with the Beast” and the commercial abundance of “Familiar Hell”. Maybe it’s a long-term thing or just exploratory as they figure out what to do. Note: “King For a Day” gang-chorus is similar to the Primal Fear song of the same title.
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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.

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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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2013
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2015
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