What does metal smell like? Sweaty black leather? Beer soaked denim? Forgiving their lame band name, Israel's Metal Scent delivers classic melodic heavy metal with some nods to hard rock.
Metal Scent began as a cover band. First they 'metalized' Israeli pop hits, and then Sixties classics. After listening to Homemade, they should have went straight to making their own music a long time ago.
Homemade is a long album, with 15 songs you get you're money's worth. It's aptly titled as the album was made in the band members' studios. Metal Scent works from the strengths of melody, vocal harmony, catchy grooves and choruses, with enough metal heaviness to be edgy. Big guitars and solos fill the album as well. Call it metalized catchy hard rock or simply accessible melodic metal. It all sounds good. Each song stands on its on merits, and allows Homemade to offer necessary variation that makes this a better than average album.
While there's much to listen to here, top picks for those aforementioned qualities include Hold On, Men of War, Silks of White, Spy in the Sky, Desires, and Riders of the Night. Those nods to melodic hard rock, even AOR, are noticeable within The Voice or Visions. Curious is the opener, Time Has Come, a nearly sociopolitical anthem encouraging all to 'just get along,' a careful admonition in the volatile Middle East. It's pure AOR melodic rock, and could throw you off. But it's very good.
Metal Scent could be Israel's hidden treasure. This is solid melodic metal with lots of ambition and promise. Very recommended.