Radicalizer is the second full-length effort from Germany's Taletellers. Formed in 2005 by Alan Costa and Stefan Kuhn, the band has suffered personnel changes but carried on. Their style could best be described as a blur of melodic hard rock and heavy metal, sort of like what Judas Priest was during the British Steel (and following) era. However, while they may be in good company, Taleteller is not Judas Priest. But sure as the sky exists they try to invoke the sound.
One thing Taletellers has going for them is efficiency. Most songs Radicalizer are short, around three to four minutes. They pack quite the punch in those brief moments. Nail It Down, Radicalizer, and Rolling into Ruin, by example, deliver concise hard rocking sounds. Taletellers can be lyrically interesting as on May Anne and the Lie; the former is not the ballad you would suspect. I'll leave the context to your imagination as Ms. Mary Anne meets a different end. At their best, Taletellers can be balls-to-the-wall kick ass rockers as on Go to Hell, the vulgar Keepers of Doom, and 24/7 Bad Ass.
But Radicalizer can be quite dodgy at times. Calling the Demon and Enter the Gun chug along with some fine moments, but seem derivative. But, despite convention and familiarity, they still rock.
That might be the summation of Taleteller's Radicalizer: it's not novel nor immaculate, but it's certainly kicks melodic heavy metal ass. The more I listen, the more I enjoy Radicalizer. Recommended.
Taleteller's Radicalizer: it's not novel nor immaculate, but it's certainly kicks melodic heavy metal ass. The more I listen, the more I enjoy Radicalizer. Recommended.
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