JACKAL - IV



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Metal To Infinity

Strange but true: after reviewing the album of Worwyk, I received another cd from a band that also consists of two members. This time we have to deal with Denmark's Jackal that started a second youth with frontman Brian Rich as mainman of Jackal. The second team player is also the one who's responsible for all instruments and that's the dude Carsten Falkenlind.  I know this band since their previous album ''A Safe Look In Mirrors'' from 1995, and I guess that after this release the band was put on ice. Anyway, now they are back for a second attack, but it seems like it won't be as vicious and mean as it was all meant to be.  

The music of Jackal on their fourth album ''IV'' is perhaps too varied to please everyone all the way.  I had a bit of the same comment on Worwyk their review, and perhaps it's because of the 'two-member-ship' that the songs are written and composed with only two points of view.  If you have a stable line up, there will be other meanings during the composing, as all members are involved.  If you only have 1 musician and 1 person who's taking care of the vocals, all opinions and remarks will be limited. During the listening, I had the feeling that I was listening to two totally different bands, and I don't believe that this was the intention...    

The album ''IV'' opens with an intro followed with the track 'In To The Core', which has a cool guitar riff that is taking the song to a good speed and a heavy approach. Let's say that this start didn't miss its goal.  The guitars are awesome and the solo is also breathtaking. The track that follows is 'Innocence' and again we hear interesting guitars that are in balance with great vocal lines from Brian Rich.  So far, everything goes well and smooth! Next on track is 'Angels' and from then on, the album is going downwards at high speed.  This song isn't adding anything to the great songs that we heart so far, so we can consider it as totally negligible. I also have my doubts with the vocals on this song, because they sound inferior and undersized... 

'
Disciple Of The Night' is the next song and this has a lot in common with Biff's Saxon material.  Not bad, but not original and below the quality of the first two songs. And this is how this album is dragging forward.  Just skip 'No Lifeguard On Duty' and 'When The Heart Is Strong', as these tracks don't grant my hunger for good Heavy Metal!  The final track on ''IV'' is called 'Hunter' and this song can be considered as a filler again, so sorry guys, but I guess that the reunion of Jackal will be a matter of a short time...  

At the beginning of this review I referred to Worwyk, but they succeeded in bringing a lot of top notch songs with only a few little points of criticism.  The album of Jackal has only a few top notch songs with a lot of fillers, and that's too bad...

My rating: 70 / 100 (Review by Patrick De Sloover)  

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