Pure, honest Metal that could be originating right from the eighties is offered on the first full long-player by REVIVER. For years the band had already been counted among the hottest bands without a deal…That’s over now, for North German Remedy label showed mercy to sign the Dutchmen. That’s good, because what came out is an album that should satisfy all friends of classic Heavy Metal between IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST or HELLOWEEN.
Only the shrill voice of Patrick van Maurik (ex-MONTANY) could disturb some people. His vocals are somewhat hard to get into and quite high-pitch, too, but performed with passion and full of fervour. Musically there’s everything from Thrashy riffing to NWoBHM-like passages (just listen to the TOKYO BLADE-like “Cycles”) to pure US Metal. As the band already gained a good reputation in the underground through various promo/demo CD’s, the focus is laid on the old demo material. Even though the songs sound somewhat strange at the beginning, as they were slightly changed in the arrangement, you have to acknowledge that REVIVER just have a knack for moving songs.
This also goes for the new tunes yet unknown. Class is upfront here! The production has the raw appeal of old noble achievements, combined with the technical know-how of today. A real strike I dare say! (Online July 6, 2005)