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Booze Control - Heavy Metal (Reissue)

Booze Control
Heavy Metal (Reissue)
by MarcusTheRocker at 18 March 2015, 5:14 PM

Beer and Rock N’ Roll are two entities that were clearly meant to be, and it’s not uncommon for bands to write drinking songs or if they’re feeling adventurous, entire albums with songs about drinking to which I’ve reviewed a mixture of albums where the former and the latter have both come into play which neatly brings me onto today’s review where the band name seems to have taken its cue from the combination of these two entities, and their name is BOOZE CONTROL.

Formed in 2009, BOOZE CONTROL are a German quintet who released their debut EP the same year, and then in 2013, their debut album, entitled “Heavy Metal” was released, and then two years later in 2015 (this year), the album was re-released on Kernkraftritter Records and that shall be the focus of this review.

Time to get into the music now, and strangely, despite their name, only a couple of songs on this album are about drinking but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it shows that, despite a name which may pay homage to the two entities discussed at the start of this review, they’re not afraid to write songs which don’t have anything to do with beer, drinking or alcohol to which I will give them some points for. Another thing that gives BOOZE CONTROL a couple more points is that they are from Germany, which is another country that produces some good tunes alongside my personal favourite, Sweden, and I have heard some German releases which have been very good, so things are shaping up to be pretty good right? Well, sort of, as there is one thing which bugs me.

The main problem I have on this album is the production, which to be honest, I think could have been tightened up a bit better and made a bit heavier, as there is potential in both the music and the vocal performance despite any hit or miss quality issues. But the semi-mediocre production sound does let it down a bit, and yes, I do appreciate the fact that producing albums that are released entirely independently can be a tricky task, but if it was mixed a bit better, I’d have a lot more positives to talk about.

Bottom line, the potential for a great album is here, as there is a lot to like if you look past the production issues, but if it was mixed, tightened and produced a bit better, this would have scored a little bit higher. But overall, “Heavy Metal” by BOOZE CONTROL, isn’t too bad for what it is, so I can’t complain too much.

3 Star Rating

1. Night Of The Drinking Dead
2. Thunder Child
3. Strike The Earth
4. Outlaw
5. Powertrain
6. Gruesome Twosome
7. Hellspawn
8. Atlantis
9. We Are The Booze
10. Swim With The Shark
David Kuri - Vocals, Guitar
Jendrik Seiler - Guitar
Steffen Kurth - Bass
Lauritz Jilge - Drums
Record Label: Inferno Records


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