POWERGOD - Long Live The Loud

Powergod - Long Live The Loud

15 songs
55:28 minutes
***** ****


Although Powergod from Germany have released already three regular albums, all called Evilution, in the last six or seven years, their biggest success was Bleed For The Gods, an ominous metal cover versions album that showed that you can pay tribute beyond Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Metallica. The success of that album, which is already four years in the past, must have stimulated the last three defenders of truer than true metal to release a sequel, called Long Live The Loud, to honour the Canadian pioneers of speed metal Exciter.

It's only logical that the album starts with the title track, and from there on it's another rollercoaster ride through the murky underground of Eighties metal curiosities. If we were able to discover some more popular bands like Metal Church, Anthrax, Warlock, Manowar and Yngwie Malmsteen, this time we are firmly rooted in the B-league, not meaning that the quality is inferior, but you have to search with a looking glass to find songs you remember. I personally felt at home with Exciter, Omen and D.R.I., a band I am surprised to find covered here, as they are certainly anything but true metal. And although I am familiar with most of the names (Abattoir, Raven, Loudness, Wendy O Williams, Anvil, Hellion, Destruction, Tank), there are also renditions of very obscure artists like Rosy Vista, Hirax and Rough Cutt.

To make things more interesting, there is a whole crowd of guests that offer their services, like Tom Angelripper (Sodom), Schmier (Destruction), Lips (Anvil), Rod Gonzales (Die Ärzte), Minoru Niihara (Loudness), Hannes G.Laber Holzmann (J.B.O.) and John Gallagher (Raven). What does this tell us? The fact that Powergod have people from fun bands as well as metal legends helping out proves that there is a definite sense of humour on this album, celebrating a long gone time with nostalgia and fun alike.

There are hardly any highlights, because every song is a classic by itself. I don't see a better way to get concise knowledge of the lesser known metal gems from the beginning years of that genre, and the encyclopaedic knowledge combined with true talent for crushing metal music makes Long Live The Loud a must have tribute album for every heavy metal fan, and although the idea is now no longer original, I prefer the more underground selection on this new album.

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