Friday, May 22, 2009

Lazarus A.D. - The Onslaught (2009)


Genre: Thrash Metal/Groove Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Country of Origin: Wisconsin, USA
Band Formation: 2005
Band Members:
Vocals/Bass: Jeff Paulick
Guitars/Backing vocals: Dan Gapen
Guitars: Alex Lackner
Drums: Ryan Shutler

Song list:
01. Last Breath
02. Thou Shall Not Fear
03. Damnation for the Weak
04. Absolute Power
05. Revolution
06. Rebirth
07. Lust
08. Forged In Blood
09. Every Word Unheard
10. Who I Really Am

Run time: 43 minutes (approximately)

Review: After listening to metal after a long period, one gets tempted to find some new bands to update their iPod. Then, one mostly tends to get disappointed as the mindset refuses to discharge the old classic metal songs. Moreover, comparisons begin with harsh criticism over current metal bands.

Now, when a film is released that is directed by say, Ridley Scott, it is undoubtedly watched by any movie buff, isn’t it? Why is it so? Well, it is mainly because of the banner with the name Ridley Scott. Since he has won awards and given us great movies in the past, people blindly go to watch his movies. The same goes with Metal Blade Records.

Metal Blade Records has never disappointed metalheads as they constantly showcase new talent that turn out to be simply fantastic. Now, most genuine metal bands come from either side of the Atlantic. This record label mainly focuses on bringing up the metal bands from America. So, if my analogy is right, this band should blow us away. Read on.

This is a new band and is on a learning curve. To be honest, most established bands too are learning and experimenting. I point this factor, as there are a few things that can be forgiven. The first striking feature that attracted me towards the band is the rather simple cover for the album. I expected it to be bloody, dark with stretched fonts. But, this turned out to be the opposite. That is good as it gives me the impression that the band intends to be different. Even their name had the “A.D.” added only to mark themselves different from other bands that are known to share the same band name.

When anyone says, thrash metal to me, the genre table in my head spotlights Slayer Testament and Anthrax (to name a few). These bands were the pioneers of the genre. Frankly, I am one of those people who prefer to stick to the roots. Still, I handle experimentation quite well. For all those metalheads who are looking for old-school thrash metal bands, here is a quartet band that shall quench your thirst – Lazarus A.D. This can be a saviour for true thrash metal lovers since neo-thrash metal bands are/have been disastrous post their debut release.

Having written all this, let me also alert you all that there is nothing new in this album. Since, “most” of the musical elements are very old school and some guitar solos similar to Iron Maiden, you will not be happy for long. I mean, sure, you’ll be happy that there is a band that still plays old-school metal. But, the monotonous factor shall become evident after a few listens.

Beware; this is a re-release after been re-mastered by James Murphy (Death and Testament fame). Thus, there are distinct differences between the two albums. Undoubtedly, this is a great restart for a new band’s career.

The fusion between ‘80’s metal and modern metal elements such as guitar solos, duel vocals, high attitude lyrics and vocal style delivered with endless energy shall provoke anyone to own this album. It is old yet refreshing.

Highlights of the album: Last Breath, Thou Shall Not Fear, Revolution, Who I Really Am

Links: Lazarus on MySpace

Ratings: 6.5/10
Originality: 6
Instrumentation: 8
Lyrics: 6

Written for Headbangers India

Make sure to read to read my last song with Rick John - Winter Goodbye


Copyright © Ajey Padival 2009 (Brisbane, Australia; +61-434360675; ajeypadival@msn.com)

16 responses:

Make Me Disappear said...

Nice Review Ajey. Old school metal has always been a preference to most of the metalheads, and rightly so.

Rightly said, Metalblade hardly disappoints. It gave bands like Amon Amarth, Torture Killer, As I Lay Dying ( I like them), Mercyful Fate, and last but not the least, Cannibal Corpse.

Must check this album out soon.

Thank You..!!

Brosreview said...

@Make Me Disappear - Thank you!!! True, old-school seems to be good all the time \m/

Alexandra Garland said...

Hi Bros,
Great review!! I like how you saturated it with your personal views on the subject. All down to the point, covering all aspects and as always very interesting!!
-Alex

PULKIT said...

that was very elaborately covered review indeed!

Brosreview said...

@Alexandra - Thank you!!!

Brosreview said...

@Pulkit - Thank you!!!

Rikkij said...

AJ-nice review again. I thought wisc. was too cold for heavy metal. I guess as long as you keep your tongue off the instruments.
~rick

Brosreview said...

@Rikkij - Thanks mate!!! Frankly, I thought so too about Wisc.

zorlone said...

Finally saw the "post a comment" button!

If there are still recording artists that can surprise their listeners, then that for me is a great deal and worth the time and money spent on their album.

Z

Brosreview said...

@zorlone - Sorry mate, I realize it = "post a comment" is in white and is hard to spot.

Thanks for reading! And, yea I agree!

Nadege said...

not into heavy metal, but your
reviews are interesting and
expertly written AJ.

Woman in a Window said...

I wonder if what is true for musicians is true for a lot of writers, too? To get the foot in the door you follow the rules, dabble within the expected and then once in are able to be more at ease, more true to self? I wonder.

Brosreview said...

@Nadege - Thank you!!!

Brosreview said...

@Woman in a window - Yes, it is quite similar between musicians and writers. Start with being clich├ęd or conventional. Thanks for reading.

Jenny said...

A really great review and I like how you stay focused on your subject during the whole text. This makes me as a reader interested. I do not listen to heavy metal (although I like rock), but that did not matter as your writing style is so brilliant.

You are an expert on this subject!

Cheers,

Jenny

Brosreview said...

@Jenny - Thank you!!! It is nice to know that my reviews interested you.