New fodder for the almond eye front: with “Immortal” Japanese Metal monsters ANTHEM have released a new album. And thankfully nothing has changed, ANTHEM still play this goddamn great Metal, just like we are used to from them. Heavy, fast, loud and very catchy is still the motto. You prefer the sounds of ACCEPT, JUDAS PRIEST, AXEL RUDI PELL and consorts? Yes? Then get your ass off the couch and get this CD. You don’t like Japanese vocal talents and the import price is too high? Then fuck your own knee, continue to masturbate to third-class, but cheaper wannabe Metallists and miss out on another absolute killer!
Biologically the Japanese might have the smaller dicks, but at least ANTHEM musically have balls so big that even King Kong would be envious. In terms of musicianship the guys sweep the floor with the majority of the scene, but without showing off. Just listen to the instrumental “Insomnia“, where they combine technicality with great feeling. Yngwie Malmsteen? To hell with him!
And instead of complaining about how bad LOUDNESS got since 1989, rather pay attention to ANTHEM, which still release a killer after the other. You want killer melodies and murderous riffing? “Immortal” has that and more. There might not be the big hits such as “Wild Anthem“, “Machine Made Dog“, or “Hunting Time“, but still the guys are far away from writing mundane music. ANTHEM still are as wild an dangerous as a wounded tiger!!!
(Online February 17, 2007)