Company: Frontiers Release: 2014 Genre: Power Reviewer: EC
These Germans consistently receive support or criticism for maintaining the same essential sound since 1998. Singer Ralf Scheepers is the embodiment of the "Painkiller" Halford with his mid to high vocal range. Earlier in their career the group focused energy and efforts on solidifying German engineering to entice fans of Accept, Victory and Scorpions. That method worked, creating longevity and legacy through ten hard hitting records that placed the band on every shore. "Delivering The Black" is yet another testament of this band's dedication and work ethic. The group partnered with Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Mercenary) for the mix and master, a marriage that expands their traditional offering. Under Hansen's treatment there is more emphasis on a faster rhythm that triggers double bass. As always Scheepers is in top form but this mix reduces his vocals slightly in the mix to allow more clarity from the band. This formula is most evident on "Rebel Faction", a track that utilizes triggered double bass similar to some extreme acts. Another highlight is lead single "When Death Comes Knocking" with its effective '80s like hook. "Road To Asylum" and "Delivering The Black" are quicker and lean heavily on frequent power metal strokes. The song selection, production and continued support from Frontiers are contributing factors to the success of this record. Building on that momentum is a worldwide tour that will include a rare jaunt in North America.
Note - The deluxe edition provides three bonus songs and a DVD. The Japanese edition gives you four bonus tracks.
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