For many years now MOB RULES have been among the stalwarts of the German Melodic Metal scene and so far have not released a single disappointment. Now they are back for the fifth time and "Ethnolution A.D." sees a light correction of their course, which comes a little surprising and of course raises the question, if they still manage to continue the quality of the previous masterpieces.
Right away I have to say that the musical changes are no radical re-orientation, but they have added a certain light progressive element, which just steers things into a different direction. “Ethnolution A.D.“ is half a concept album. Why half a concept? Because the first six songs have been united under the title “Ethnolution A.D.“ and critically deal with ethnic grievances of the history of mankind, be it the Ku-Klux Klan, the Berlin wall or the war in the Middle East, so no Fantasy here …
Musically these six songs form a great unit. “Unholy War“ covers the atmospheric/symphonic department, “Ashes To Ashes“ the dramatics, “Fuel To The Fire“ is dynamic and fast, “Veil Of Death“’s spheric and “The Last Farewell“ is a powerful stomper, everything held together by great melodies and good, mature song structures, that’s what it is supposed to sound like!
The driving tempo of “River Of Pain“ and the Arabic influences of a “Ain’t The One“ also prove the song writing skills of the sextet from Wilhelmshaven, which continue to cement MOB RULES’ spot in the fore front of German Melodic Metal and if you then also take into consideration that for the epic ballad “Better Morning“ at the end they worked with Christian Wolff (LINGUA MORTIS), the quality and direction of the song becomes pretty clear.
The progressive influences should not anger any old fans and might bring MOB RULES a few more fans, which they really deserve, because since their great debut “Savage Land“ the guys are a guarantor for high-class Metal!
(Online November 7, 2006)