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Silverdollar - Covers From Hell (-/10) - Sweden - 2002

Genre: Various
Label: Self-production
Playing time: 52:32
Band homepage: Silverdollar

Tracklist:

  1. Bark At The Moon (Ozzy)
  2. Aces High (Maiden)
  3. Mr. Crowley (Ozzy)
  4. We Rock (Dio)
  5. I Don't Know (Ozzy)
  6. Don't Talk To Strangers (Dio)
  7. I Wanna Be Somebody (Wasp)
  8. Freewheel Burning (Judas Priest)
  9. Crazy Train (Ozzy)
  10. Run To The Hills (Maiden)
  11. Ace Of Spades (Motörhead)
  12. Lost Forever (Silverdollar)
Silverdollar - Covers From Hell
That's something you don't get every day - a CD of a cover-band. Swedish SILVERDOLLAR are just that and apart from one self-composition at the end, we get only treated by classics of Ozzy Osbourne, IRON MAIDEN, DIO, W.A.S.P., JUDAS PRIEST und MOTÖRHEAD.

I mean, to say too much about the tracks themselves would be a waste of time, just look at the tracklist and you normally already know everything about them. Therefore I can attest the four guys from Nyköping an excellent choice and move on to the execution of the classics.

The gentlemen Englund, Berg, Hall and Hjerp stay pretty close to the respective originals, but, of course, give them their own touch by Englund's voice and a certain band sound. So no blasphemy or rape of the songs given here :) ESA Englund's voice bears an almost uncanny resemblance to Ozzy himself (no wonder that they cover him four times) and he also manages to pull off the likes of Dickinson, Halford, Lawless and Dio, without sounding like them, but still giving the songs the necessary kick.

The only song that does not fully work out in my opinion is MOTÖRHEAD's "Ace Of Spades", where ESA reaches his vocal limit, you cannot emulate Lemmy without years of heavily whiskey drenched training… And they, as mentioned at the beginning, they also have one of their own songs on offer, "Lost Forever", a track with a very heavy Ozzy-list, not only in the vocals, but also in the music. Not bad, but not that much my cup of tea…

Altogether an unusual thing (to get a CD from a cover-band), but nevertheless very entertaining, because the quartet pulls this off masterfully and it is no wonder that they have had hundreds of live-gigs in Sweden so far. This is a good one, despite the production lacking some power… (Online December 1, 2002)

Alexander Melzer



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