It looks like as if the young American bands who at first have chosen the wrong, modern way, slowly realize the mistake they have made and dedicate themselves to traditional sounds, just like AVENGED SEVENFOLD and for the second time the Buffalo-band HEROD as well. Originally founded as a Hardcore/Metal band, before their second album “For Whom The Gods Would Destroy”, the singer Jason Russo has brought a new breath into the band and they changed to a mixture of traditional Heavy Metal and Thrash Metal, here and there still with some modern undertones.
These modern undertones have been almost completely been dropped and on their new album “Rich Man’s War, Poor Man’s Fight” they are following both a melodic and a harder line, which fits them very well and Jason’s very melodic voice is stamping the songs. “Assimilation” starts really pithy, with a very melodic vocals, which become more aggressive in the chorus, before the melody comes back again.
“One Life To Burn” really turns up he heat and slides fast through the speakers and “The Fire” lives up to its name and is a fast and dynamic composition, with strong powerful, traditional Metal-riffing, here the gentlemen Benker and DiPasquale are able to show their class, whereas “Forever” is a beautiful ballad.
Unfortunately the guys run out of steam for the second part of the album and loose class and momentum, which is a pity cause they have shown that they are able musicians and with a better production they would deserve more attention. “Rich Man’s War, Poor Man’s Fight” is not a bad album and they are some good songs, but if they are not doing better than the average, then they cannot expect a higher grading.
Check it out for yourselves, maybe it appeals to you more than it did to me, they show potential and with a bit more work it could get better. (Online September 15, 2006)