SLIK HELVETIKA - HAFNIUM
SCREAMING MIMI RECORDS
Metal To Infinity
band from the USA! Who said the US Metal scène isn’t alive and kicking
anymore? You? Or was it you? At least it wasn’t me! Anyway I suppose if you
follow the present worldwide movement you have no doubts how much overseas Metal
we can hear nowadays. Not only the oldies are back again, plenty of new bands
are waiting for you to respect them too. Next in line is Slik Helvetika, from
band contains members from Destroyer (Mikhall Myers and Mark Bennett) and Kjell
Benner was even a member of Quiet Riot, next to Destroyer and Skull. Meanwhile
this band released an EP and their debut album.
band, with for me a pretty hard name to remind, is clearly influenced by the
Eighties (Glam) Metal scène. They deliver some groovy stuff, some pure Glam
Metal in vein of Motley Crüe, Guns ‘n Roses and here and there some heavier
kind of Metal. Slik Helvetika delivers us in the first place one after another
melodic track in which the guitars plays a leading role. Sleezy riffs, screaming
guitars and good played solos, cheesy refrains, that’s what this band is all
the band is very energetic and the used rhythms don’t miss their effect. It is
pretty hard to stay still while listening to this one although headbanging
isn’t exactly my option. Nevertheless I enjoyed this album from which I
can’t say it is at any point innovating. I suppose fans of Glam Metal won’t
care at all.
important exception might be the title track, which is a pure Heavy Metal song
and to me the best song on this release. It shows another face of the band,
making them sound much darker. It mixes somehow Accept with Rawhead Rexx, the
German Heavy/Power Metal formation. Also “Misery” fits in this row.
Listening to both tracks I pity the band didn’t work out more songs like this
one. Also “Reign” contains heavier pieces, a style that fits them perfectly
but too fast they search back the Glam Metal elements, although I admit it
sounds a bit heavier than this traditional subgenre. I have never been the
biggest fan of Glam Metal… I suppose that explains a lot but anyway I have
mixed feelings with this band.
I suppose the band is just playing what they want to play, without any complexes.
As a matter of fact they shouldn’t care about what people say or think…
It’s a good release, with all enjoyable songs and a band to check out at http://www.myspace.com/slikhelvetika
My Points: 77 / 100 (Review by Officer Nice)
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