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Beehler – Messages To The Dead

Messages To The Dead
by Lior "Steinmetal" Stein at 05 December 2011, 8:40 PM

Maybe the reunion between EXCITER and their classic all time singer, Dan Beehler, is not that needed, although it would be great for me. The reason behind my proclamation is because of the proof that Beehler can manage on his own. Though vowing to not play Metal ever again, his brother's death changed everything. Beehler's return to the scene is commanded by his honoring his late brother. Besides that, I see Beehler's comeback as an answer to the crumbling EXCITER that as of to date, hasn't been able to release a decent album.

Forming a solid line of tunes, BEEHLER also pay homage to the gods of Metal that influenced them through their ongoing musical careers like BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN and MOTORHEAD. Through their brand new debut through the German label of High Roller Records, "Messages To The Dead", BEEHLER, like an addict on speed pills, crossing through Speed, Thrash, Heavy and Doom Metal with the blasting flames of the 80s. If you thought that EXCITER were tough, you should bear witness to what is going on in here. Though this album is not the ultimate classic to be, it has several of means that will keep you waiting for what will come next in line from this band.

In comparison to his successful years and vocal performance in EXCITER, I didn't quite recognize Beehler's voice. It seemed to me that the passing years made him rougher, banshee like screamer and a kind of monster altogether. With those kinds of high pitched hysterical screams and low grunts, who could have pointed him out? Along with the production, I thought that sometimes I was listening to "Jugalator" or "Demolition" by JUDAS PRIEST. Beehler's vocals weren't always joyful during the album but in the end he is still the commanding figure behind the band.

The outputs of "Messages To The Dead" were presentations of almost anything that falls in the category of Classic Metal. In overall, I was impressed by several of the songs, especially "Kill The Witch" (Lyrics were written by Beehler's late brother), "Eternal Tormentor", "Destroy" and "I Know One We Trust". BEEHLER had numerous of moments were the shells of the 80s kept on falling but I didn't find myself liking the reminder of the material as the ones above. The rest of the songs have the same ingredients to offer but not entirely in the same level.

BEEHLER was founded to pay respects for a loved one and for the sake of the 80s. Though not perfect, I urge you to get to know this release.

3 Star Rating

1. Jet Black
2. March of Death
3. Eternal Tormentor
4. Message to the Dead
5. Destitute Abuser
6. In Know One We Trust
7. Organized Mayhem
8. Destroy
9. Megalodon
10. Kill the Witch
11. The End of the World 
Dan Beehler– Drums / Vocals
Brian Stephenson  - Bass
Sean Brophy- Guitar
Scott Walsh- Guitar
Record Label: High Roller Records


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