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Rival - State Of Mind (3/10) - USA - 2004

Genre: US-Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 35:02
Band homepage: Rival


  1. State Of Mind
  2. Extreme Aggression
  3. Reach
  4. Insane
  5. Tyrant >mp3
  6. Brink
  7. Remember You
  8. Lord Of The Knight
  9. Hell Train
Rival - State Of Mind

Here's another band from Chicago, but isn't as memorable as say CHEAP TRICK, or ENFORSAKEN. It took the band 14 years to get a real record contract and I feel that if you can't score something within 5-8 years, then perhaps you should move on to something else. The music here is pretty much rooted in 80's classic Metal with not much originality or trying to be the least creative.


The title track that opens the CD has some power. The guitar riffs are catchy and do have fuel while the drums pound away, but you have heard it all before. The vocals are gruffy which is always a plus, but they don't do much. “Extreme Aggression“ has more power than the beginning and that is a good thing. They could have opened the CD with this one. The drums are a bit more furious here and to be honest that is the only thing keeping me awake here. The guitar solo is packed with rage and along with the drums, that's the only thing that is mildly keeping my interest. I am not quite sure why, but “Insane“ is a really catchy number. Plenty of low-end bass and drumming is always a plus for me. The guitars have a riff that is can easily be embedded in your brain and I guarantee you that you will be humming it down the road.


The absolute track on the album here is “Hell Train.“ It's fast, heavy and packed with rage. It's still not all that compelling, but is more listenable than the rest of the disc. I think if they had more songs like this, then the CD would have stood a fighting chance. The songs begin to sound a little repetitive after a while and they sound just so dated with nothing new being brought into the mix. I am sure that you are way old school, then you way want to take a peek, but I think they don't do the scene justice and I can fire off a million other bands that play 80's oriented Metal that are better than this. Good thing that this CD was short. (Online September 15, 2004)

Joe Florez

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