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October 31 - Metal Massacre 31

October 31
Metal Massacre 31
by Craig “Thrashing” Rider at 02 May 2017, 7:07 AM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I'm proud to present to you: OCTOBER 31; signed via Hells Headbangers Records, hailing from the United States of America - performing Heavy Metal, on their 5th album entitled “Metal Massacre 31”. (Released November 25th, 2016)

Since formation in 1995; the quintet in question have 4 albums behind them, I am introduced to their 5th record “Metal Massacre 31” - a compilation of covers from various quartets in the Heavy Metal spectrum. 10 tracks ranging at around 36:24; comprised with chosen songs from bands such as DEATH DEALER (not to be confused with the Power Metal band from California), WAR CRY & OMEN - okay, sure…I personally have never listened to these bands, and going in with low expectations; I am still not overly astonished with the opening tracks “Cross My Way” (DEATH DEALER), “Forbidden Evil” (WAR CRY) & “Torture Me” (OMEN). The instrumentation sounds solid…and justifies the Heavy Metal sub-genre elegantly. Matt Ibach on guitars flourishes with enlightening riffs of an intricate design; similarly found with Brian “Hellstorm” Williams on lead guitar…this dexterous duo competently providing exquisite riffs…

..and the consistent powerhouse from Jim Hunter on bass & Sean Wilhide on drums showcase a complex distinctive in their contributions; however, I had a hard time trying to enjoy King Fowley on vocals…something about them just didn't fit with me. They seemed to overtake the instrumentation; which isn't entirely a bad thing, only when they oversaturate the sound production - it can sound a little troubling, nothing against him…as he does perform exceedingly well with intense screams & decent Heavy Metal cords at least. “The Awakening” (TITANIC), “Dead Of The Night” (DEMON FLIGHT) & “Heavy Metal Virgin” (ALOHA) deliver a broad incentive to provide an efficient amount of fulfilling Heavy Metal (not so much with the Virgin) integrity. “The Alien” (SACRED BLADE), “Metal Merchants” (HALLOW'S EVE) & “The Warrior” sufficiently showcase a convoluted aesthetic with original substance in the creativity - gracefully.

Battle Of Armageddon” (TYRANT) concludes “Metal Massacre 31” overall compels me to say that while the musicianship was spot on in Heavy Metal standards; the songwriting I felt was a little bland at times having heard chosen songs a dozen times elsewhere, nothing felt constructively adapt. I must keep in mind though that this is a cover record, so if you're looking for originality - there's nothing excelling here that warrants a must listen to classic.

As a Heavy Metal fan; I am a little disappointed with “Metal Massacre 31”, yet I appreciate what OCTOBER 31 have delivered to the community. Some good Heavy Metal tracks here - just nothing overly stimulating.

Songwriting: 5
Originality: 5
Memorability: 6
Sound Production: 7

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Cross My Way
2. Forbidden Evil
3. Torture Me
4. The Awakening
5. Dead Of The Night
6. Heavy Metal Virgin
7. The Alien
8. Metal Merchants
9. The Warrior
10. Battle Of Armageddon
Lineup:
Matt Ibach - Guitars
King Fowley - Vocals
Brian “Hellstorm” Williams - Guitars (Lead)
Jim Hunter - Bass
Sean Wilhide - Drums
Record Label: Hells Headbangers Records
     


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