Friday, October 14, 2011

Metal Inquisitor - Doomsday for the Heretic

Genre: Heavy Metal
Country: Germany
Year: 2008
Label: Hellion Records

I cannot begin to tell you just how fucking hard this album rocks. Everything about Doomsday for the Heretic is a metal fan's dream come true: killer riffs, awesome vocals, cool lyrics - these Germans have it all. There is absolutely no bullshit to be found here, just pure heavy metal played the way it was meant to be played. Every chorus is memorable, every riff demands your head to bang until you snap your neck, every solo gives you no choice but to break every string on your air guitar. The guitar tone is perfect, low gain but crunchy so every note cuts through the mix like a Visigoth's sword through a Roman's chest, with a full-sounding production that sounds absolutely killer when played very, very loud. El Rojo's vocals give me a kind of Manilla Road/Leather Nunn vibe, but he definitely has his own thing going on, and he really adds a cool element to the music. It should also be pointed out that there is nothing 'modern' to be found here - this is absolutely, heavy-handedly traditional - but the music feels very honest and alive. There is nothing contrived or stale-feeling about Metal Inquisitor's approach; these guys clearly live and breathe heavy metal, and they are irrefutably making a relevant contribution to the genre. Any fan of true heavy metal cannot afford to miss out on these guys. Mandatory.

For fans of Leather Nunn, Motörhead, Manilla Road, and Judas Priest.

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