Monday 17 November 2014

ATKINS MAY PROJECT: German review translated

Atkins May Project / Empire Of Destruction 

Playing time: 58:03 
Format: CD 
Label: Gonzo Multimedia, 2014 
Style: Heavy Metal
Review on 03/11/2014 Jochen v. Arnim

No, I will now not the history of Judas Priest is another time to disentangle and explain who is Al Atkins and how he relates to the heavy metal gods. Who feels need for explanation in this regard, I am referencing the relevant literature in the net or elsewhere (my previous meetings would give highly esteemed colleagues Ilka and Marius also remedy). As the name of the project implies, it is mainly the old companions Al Atkins and Paul May, who have again earned a publication. 

With "Empire Of Destruction", the duo presents his third long iron - on supporting another musician is still does not participate. The two men have packed ten tracks with a total playing time of about an hour on the plate produced by may and missed a bonus DVD as a special feature the first 1000 copies. Almost across the Board away he gets offered inclined listeners of good and classic heavy metal, which is of course specially characterized by the guitar work of Mays and the singing of the other protagonists. This statement includes at the same time a criticism, which also the boss Ilka in their review (s. o.) was at the time already around the corner: there is no real drummer. Shame really, because the album would have done very well. But otherwise, the tracks from the speakers, eröffnend with "World at war", that makes directly clear, that Atkins is still long does not belong to the old iron stamp. Built in the traditional hard rock / heavy metal style makes the piece from the first minute of real fun. It is trumped but directly from "The Midas touch", which is violently knüppelnd pushes in the ear canals and constantly pushing forward. In third place followed by one then two smaller outliers, because "here comes the rain" much melodic, in some places almost playful presents itself. There are acoustic guitar parts and the dark-tough pounding is missing something. With more than nine minutes, there is also the much longest track of the album. 

Afterwards, the duo again turns to the traditional metal and skin a few more firecrackers out. As at all tracks, white an impressive scene to put in may, playing the riffs just as convincing as the nimble solos. With "R U ready" the project on an ancient song known from Thin Lizzy, which has delighted the fans as early as 1977 on their "live and dangerous" attempts. Atkins and may make it a very successful cover version, later followed by the second more outliers: "whisper to the wind" is thus, as the title might suggest. Shallow and somewhat dreamy it comes, Atkins is here even more clearly and without burdensome grater voice and the guitar is initially even more melodic. The bonus track, "End Of The Earth", comes next to "R U ready" only not from the pen of Mays, but comes from Rodney Matthews, who created this piece for a video still to bi. Nevertheless, this bouncer in a series with the tracks of our duo here stomps. And who can count to the first one thousand buyers, can look forward with a little added bonus: there is a DVD with some music videos as well as interviews with Atkins, may, and the artist of the cover (including Avantasia, Magnum, Roxxcalibur), the aforementioned Rodney Matthews. Total the album specially prepared friend classic heavy metals determines a lot of joy, the songs are catchy, provide an additional touch to change the two 'outliers' and we have already talked about the criticism - is definitely not behind gather dust on the shelf!

Al Atkins (vocals), 
Paul May (guitar) 
Sarah Prothero (vocals - # 10) 

01: World At War 
02: The Midas Touch 
03: Here Come The Rain 
04: The Darkness Within 
05: Reckless Child 
06: Paranoia 
07: RU Ready 
08: Dog Eat Dog 
09: Whisper To The Wind 
10: End Of The Earth ( bonus track) Bonus DVD (music videos, interviews) [first 1000 copies only] 


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