With both legs at least ankle deep in the Eighties stands the quartet Esa Tikkanen, Tero Matikainen, Sami Liimatainen and Mika Virtanen, together known as BATTAGIA. The first sounds of opener "Suicide City" don't leave the slightest doubt that these four Finns have as much in common with modern trends as MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy with milk…
A bit sleazy Hard Rock/Heavy Metal of the very traditional kind is the métier of BATTAGIA, including a very Eighties sounding voice of Tero Matikainen, which comes over quite raw and unpolished, not as extreme as Udo Dirkschneider, but has a comparable roar and with that could very well be the decisive factor, if one can befriend the music or not.
On a purely musical basis W.A.S.P. surface as influences as well as bands like ACCEPT (and not only because of the voice) and also a shot of older SKID ROW in the guitars, it hardly could get any more traditional and the songs of BATTAGIA also have the suiting lyrics, so you will search for social critical topics or intellectual excurses just as vainly as for musical bombast or superfluous fuddlings, earthy Hard Rock/Heavy Metal with crunchy and not only perfect vocals is the motto and that alone is something that I hold in BATTAGIA's favour.
"Suicide City" or "Sweet Darling Underground" are full of raw power and even thought the material is rather simple, the compositions are fun in a more primordial way. And that "Blind In Texas" is a W.A.S.P. cover version is not pure coincidence, I think…
The sound of "Cockroach Meat" (enjoy your meal!) also is good, the visual side of the CD rather inconspicuous, but you could just as well call it either classical or low profile, in any way BATTAGIA is something for all fans of the Eighties, who can deal with a bit more rough vocals. (Online August 26, 2003)