Today almost anything that is not conform with bombast, super catchy and highly melodious is viewed as cranky. I personally also like old gemstones of HELLOWEEN, STRATOVARIUS, IRON MAIDEN or HAMMERFALL, but at the same time preserved that bit of originality also to look beyond the plate of mainstream. And if I can do that, you can do so, too. It doesn't bring you anything, if you continue to cling to the old heroes and try to convince yourself that most of the new releases of your faves can even half way compete with their divine offerings from the past, especially the internet has made it so much easier to find new hopefuls.
Let's take SEASONS OF THE WOLF and their second epos "Lost In Hell" as example. Sure, the vocals are a bit rough, but not as extreme that you could not get used to them. Who likes David Wayne (ex METAL CHURCH, REVEREND) will like this, too. You won't be able to whistle along the music after the first listen, but still is anything but complicated. The melodies might not be as sweet as you are used to, but still there are lots of them. Some might call the music old fashioned and that is exactly what it is. Old fashioned, but still refreshing. Everybody also likes "Paranoid" of BLACK SABBATH or "Barracuda" by HEART and these songs are stone old.
The songs of "Lost In Hell" are not as accessible and catchy, but not that far apart. But similar to the first six BLACK SABBATH albums this CD also will still be attached to your brain decades later. Some reader might think now that Hawk hands out the top rating very often, but I stand up for each CD, especially this one. (Online August 19, 2003)