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TailGunner - CrashDive

by Brynn K. StarDew at 23 January 2023, 5:47 AM

Independent UK Band TailGunners album CrashDive which was released in early December of 2022 is a five track compilation of EP’s. The album art on this draws my attention but there is a lot more to music than cool album art.  The First Track on the album “Shadows of War” while not my favorite track stands firm as a solid Iron Maiden style metal track. Their second song “Guns for Hire” I am assuming about Mercenaries and veterans reminds me of something you would see in the part in old movies before they have a giant war between orcs and men. I just don’t know why they have to use the name of the previous song in the next song…it seems a little lacking originality in my opinion. The drumming is cool on this track though so props to Sam Caldwell for keeping me entertained on that front.

‘White Death " their third track and probably has a bit of a speed metal intro and guitar work on the album. I think that in singing about war this band brings some awareness to how horrible it is for everyone involved. So I have to give them credit for that too. The fourth track on the album “Revolution Scream” has some deep lyrics about how everything is terrible and we need to have a revolution, I can’t say I disagree, so props to them for being honest at least!

The Final track on this album “CrashDive” I really enjoyed the effect of the submarine going off. That was interesting. I guess this song is about war at sea and sub warfare so that's pretty metal, but it sounds a lot like Iron Maiden. I’m definitely not gonna start showing up at their shows anytime soon, but I think I would probably enjoy seeing them live if they ever come to my town. All in all a lot of great musicians I just hope they can take it to the next level by making something that doesn’t sound like Iron Maiden.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 9
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Shadows of War
2. Guns for Hire
3. White Death
4. Revolution Scream
5. CrashDive
Craig Cairns - Vocals
Patrick Vander Vollering - Guitars
Zach Salvini - Guitars
Thomas Hewson - Bss
Sam Caldwell - Drums
Record Label: Fireflash Records


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