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Black Belt - Three Man Army

Black Belt
Three Man Army
by YngwieViking at 28 August 2015, 11:29 PM

The barefooted Rock trio from Stockholm is back and “Three Man Army“ by BLACK BELT is out now! This the marketing catchword sentence that was supposedly warming us and even perhaps lead us to ultimate excitation… In fact it’s a decent album, though it have room for improvement; much improvement.

The album consists of 11 tracks old school Hard Rock by a band in the beginning of its career; BLACK BELT did not invent the wheel or the machine to bend bananas… Actually, except for their hit single , the ultra childish anthem “Come On Tonight”. Unluckily nothing escapes from the monotony, the worst is when they try to incorporate a few hints of Grunge…Oooops!

However, their dedication is obvious, their work is honest and the atmosphere reveals a positive confidence. As a Karate master should know the main thing is not the size of the fighter but the size of the fight in the heart of a man, if you are the owner of a black belt, you should know that the inner reflection and the philosophic focus is more important than strength or technique or anything else; that’s the main problem with this CD titled “Three Man Army”: the lack of profoundness, the lack of inspiration, despite a few gimmicks here and there there is simply nothing stimulating, no substantial ideas, not a single weight of matter creatively or musically speaking.

Honestly, this is a good band with juvenile energy and tons of stamina, but you’ve heard this sound 10,000 times before. I suppose that they will make some impression on a few underground club stages, but to me, their music is too simplistic to be praised without restrictions! BLACK BELT’s “Three Man Army” displays a very predictable 70’s Hard Rock sound and the atmosphere is very authentic, but frankly nothing that will make you spin album in the player once again… Otogai Ni Re… Mokuso Yame.

2 Star Rating

1. Desert Skies
2. Talking To Myself
3. Money
4. Come On Tonight
5. Looking Back Looking On Looking Forward
6. Delta Strangler
7. Anchor
8. Empire
9. Mountainside
10. A Rock And A Cave
11. Fool’s Gold
Andreas Avelin
Joen Carlstedt
Martin Eriksson
Record Label: Novoton


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