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Meldrum - Blowin Up The Machine (CD)

Meldrum
Blowin Up The Machine
by Grigoris Chronis at 05 May 2007, 10:07 AM

Three ladies featured in the album's cover artwork. Among the panzer and the flames, no heels or thighs or @#$%^$%^ will you be lucky enough to witness. Evil eyes stare at you, ready to deliver gasoline in case you defend the right of men-only to rock. Get it? But, but, but…music is that counts the most and I'm really curious what I'm gonna listen to for the next hour(s).
MELDRUM has already released one album; Loaded Mental Cannon was cut back in 2001 (an independent self0titled release featuring the same tracklist was cut a year earlier). Featuring ex-PHANTOM BLUE lady Michelle Meldrum, the band took shape after her re-location to Sweden due to her marriage with EUROPE axeman John Norum. Extended touring with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and MOTORHEAD served as the ideal promotion for MELDRUM, while Michelle's cooperation with His Majesty Gene Hoglan (drummer for DARK ANGEL, DEATH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD etc) in the WARGOD project made it easy to use him for the recordings of Blowin' Up The Machine. Mixed by Toby Wright (KORN, FEAR FACTORY & ALICE IN CHAINS), I think the above names can contribute sufficient info on what this album's all about.
Hmmm…Purge starts off in an aggressive Metal/Rock style I do not in particular admire. The vocals are both aggressive and melodic plus the guitars sounds stands in the Zakk Wylde path. Still, the couple features some classic Metal inspiration. On to Down Your Throat and the bastard child of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and LINKING PARK pumps out of the speakers. Hmmm…again. Scar features distorted vocals and a paranoid approach in general; still, the modern chorus sees a nice vocal harmony lurkin' in…To cut a long story short, the whole album features modern Hard Rock/Metal songs with distorted guitars, a general new MOTORHEAD vibe plus melodic-yet-aggressive vocals. The rhythm section is 'fuzzy' and Stoner Rock-related, while the production is surely appropriate for this kinda music. Outta Here marks a nice slow-tempo emotional ballad and I now estimate it can as well be one of the best songs outta this album.
Uncle Lemmy does backing vocals in Miss Me When I'm Gone and I feel Blowin' Up The Machine meets his current likes. The same goes to you all; is new Hard Rock/Metal your cup of tea? Proceed, especially if you're located in Great Britain or the US.

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
Purge
Down Your Throat
Scar
Creme De La Creme
Hang Em'
Miss Me When I'm Gone
Another Kind
Exploited
Get Yours
Outta Here
Bite The Pillow
Lineup:
Moa Holmsten - Vocals
Michelle Meldrum - Guitar
Frida Stahl - Bass
Gene Hoglan - Drums (session)
Lemmy Kilminster - Backing vocals on Miss Me When I'm Gone
Record Label: Frontiers
     


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