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Blaze - The Rock Dinosaur

The Rock Dinosaur
by Damian J. Cousins at 20 December 2013, 2:54 AM

Hot on the heels of an absolute disaster of an album from High Roller Records I received another one in their roster from BLAZE, a four-piece from Japan. I really wasn’t expecting much after the earlier debacle, but I am happy to be proven wrong in this case. Great riffs, solid hooks, I could totally see buying this back in 1989, but the majority of it still sounds good in today’s metal climate. Yes. Once in a while the vocals are a wee bit over the top, but it just sounds to me like these guys are having fun with it.

The EP, titled “The Rock Dinosaur EP” is short and sweet, and definitely leaves the listener wanting more. Songs like “Shed Light On Dark” and “Right In White Light” sound like they were written for Camaro tape decks from back in the day. Opener “One Way Flight” and “Underground Heroes” also keep the intensity on high and help make this a mostly entertaining effort. Also, “The Going Gets Rough” channels the band’s inner ACCEPT / SCORPIONS, but not in a bad way. Really the only song that didn’t thrill me was closer “Lady Starlight”, but that’s a small blemish on an EP that BLAZE can and should be proud of.

From what I’ve read about them, BLAZE are unsure of when a second full-length album will be released. Well, I like what I’ve heard so far, so hopefully there’s more to come.

4 Star Rating

1. One Way Flight
2. Shed Light on Dark
3. Right in White Light
4. Underground Heroes
5. The Going Gets Rough
6. Lady of Starlight
Wataru Shiota - Vocals
Hisashi "Q" Suzuki - Guitars
Kenichi Kuwahara - Bass
Takashi "Bikky" Funabiki – Drums
Record Label: High Roller Records


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