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Halloween - Don’t Metal With Evil

Don’t Metal With Evil
by Mike Novak at 06 June 2010, 12:06 PM

HALLOWEEN is a band where the name is very self-explanatory. They are a Heavy Metal band that writes songs about their favorite holiday (can you guess which one?). This band and their first album are very obscure, even by Metal’s standards, but they have developed a cult following. Their live show consisted of the band wearing costumes and was certainly influenced by predecessors ALICE COOPER and KISS.

Their first album, “Don’t Metal With Evil,” was released in 1984. One of the songs, “Trick Or Treat” was released as a single before the album’s release. Even though poor album sales got the band dropped from their label, vinyl copies can fetch a good price, due to the band’s cult status. What we have here is fairly typical 80’s Heavy Metal, with mostly mid-paced rhythms. It’s definitely Metal, but not as heavy as the stuff that SLAYER and METALLICA were coming out with at the time. There are some very catchy, yet well-written riffs with plenty of nifty solos, probably moreso than many other similar bands.

The problem is that most of the songs are short and very simple. There aren’t many tempo or riff changes, which keeps many of the songs from having any significant impact. They start to run together as the album goes on. It doesn’t help that most of the songs have very similar structures. When they mix things up a little, like the Metal ballad “Justice For All,” the results are generally positive because it breaks up the monotony a bit.

This re-release comes with great sound thanks to a remaster as well as three additional tracks. While “Don’t Metal With Evil” is far from essential, the fact that it is being re-released might be reason enough to justify the purchase. Depending on how you look at it, lyrically this album is either fun or silly. The music itself is fine, if a bit primitive. However, if you are a fan of straightforward 80’s Metal then do yourself a favor and pick this up.

3 Star Rating

  1. Busted
  2. Scared To Death
  3. Justice For All
  4. Trick Or Treat
  5. The Wicked Witch
  6. Don't Metal With Evil
  7. What A Nice Place
  8. Haunted
  9. She's A Teazer
  10. Tales From The Crypt
  11. Fight The Beast
  12. I Confess
  13. Vicious Lies
  14. Evil Nation
Brian Thomas - Vocals
Rick Craig - Guitar
George Neil - Bass
Bill Whyte - Drums
Record Label: Pure Steel Records


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