Born from the tropical heat of Brazil, Metalomaniacs have set about planting their flag in amongst a rainforest of Brazilian bands by taking a running leap at the international market. To accomplish this, Metalomaniacs have released ‘Last Day on Earth’, their first album written and sung entirely in English.
The band may not have the best start in life, let’s face it, they are coupled with a rather lame name; but that is where the lack of creativity ends. What Metalomaniacs offer with ‘Last Day…’ is an album which rocks hard, features prominent riffs and is destined to pine for a time long gone. This means that the album is locked heavily in a 80’s and early 90’s hard rock/heavy metal style and this not only partly due to the song construction, but also in the production. ‘Last Day…’ has that very homely production, it’s the style of production that made those early, thrash, NWOBHM and death metal records so tasty. Ultimately, this means that this production is warm and familiar and when coupled with the music, it has all the hallmarks of early Testament, Megadeth and Annihilator, particularly during tracks such as ‘Into Hellfire’, ‘The Doomsday Clock’ and ‘Weapons of Mass Corruption’. However, ‘Last Day…’ is not an album which is happy to stay in one place, it frequently changes from thrashing style metal to a more hard rock sound with a focus upon melody and softer, clean vocals and it is this that is the real crux of the record.
‘Last Day…’ has some really enjoyable high points and Metalomaniacs are very good at what they do. The main impasse is stop jumping around and choose the style they want to play; one or the other, both just ends up relatively, well messy. Yet, there is a good building block here, it’s rough around the edges, but it will be interesting to see how this band adapt and grow in the international market.
warm and familiar, but rough around the edges
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