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Backslash - Princess Of Disharmony (9/10) - Germany - 2002

Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: TTS Media Music
Playing time: 47:22
Band homepage: Backslash

Tracklist:

  1. Princess Of Disharmony
  2. Holy Sword
  3. Illusions
  4. Doom Crimson Shore
  5. Thor
  6. Call Of The Brave
  7. Something To Believe In
  8. The Order Of Steel
  9. Excalibur
  10. Altered Beast
  11. Heros City
Backslash - Princess Of Disharmony
The third album from BACKSLASH. And at least with this CD called "Princess Of Disharmony", the band once and for all ends the resemblances with WARLOCK. Not because singer Heike is missing, in the contrary, the blond venom roars stronger then ever. Partially, like in the title song she is sounding similar to Jutta Weinhold (ex-ZED YAGO, ex-VELVET VIPER) or Michela D'Orlando (POWER SYMPHONY), then again she is showing her own style.

Musically a lot has changed, excluding the fact that the guitars are technically much heavier, in the area of newer BRAINSTORM or NEVERMORE. The compositions unite mangy 80's Heavy Metal with strong, and not sterile melodies which are presented with dedication and passion. In the same time BACKLASH is preserving the young freshness of their starting days, something that few bands can proclaim about themselves after 3 albums.

It is a pity that ratings for this band are not higher, because the songs like the fast "Wake Me" with its huge guitar solos, the super catchy refrain as well as the varying structure, which through its extremely cool chorus is sticking immediately in your ear with "Summer In Your Hair", and the straight pushing "Hit Me" with its sticking acoustic guitar or the hymnic "Rising Like A Shadow" should appeal to every fan of rough and still melodic heavy stuff.

The albums also comes with a bonus DVD, which requires a dts-decoder (which the technical genius in front of you, of course, does not have). (Online April 22, 2003)

Falk Kollmannsperger



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