So, Australian PEGAZUS also have reached a live album. Nice comic artwork and a nicely rough live sound, canít complain about that. The whole thing sounds as if the gig was recorded in a very small club, at least as far as the crowd reactions are concerned, apparently all 30 local fans of the band came together this evening. And the band wasnít cheap and shot out a good best of program.
Iíve always said (at least since Nuclear Blast Records released "Wings Of Destiny") that the combo is heavily overrated and canít compete with comparable colleagues of the 80s from Germany. In direct comparison with bands such as GRAVESTONE, STRANGER, VETO or NOISEHUNTER, which had received horrible reviews back then, the Koala Metallers fall off. And the live album wonít change anything, for that the music just sounds too harmless.
The mix of IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST and ACCEPT is not really bad, but you canít really talk about ďhit the twelve with full forceĒ either. Interestingly enough singer Rob Thompson mostly sounds like Michael Voss (MAD MAX). Well, a nice disc for in between, like during driving your car or doing the dishes, but thatís about it. As bonus thereís also a second disc, which contains unreleased demo songs. Itís alright. (Online January 8, 2006)