When a band has been at their craft for nearly 20 years, you can expect a certain degree of consistency. Much is the case with Mob Rules's seventh album Cannibal Nation. Here's another album of traditional melodic power metal.
Mob Rules: Ice & Fire video.
Yet, overall, Cannibal Nation can seem heavier. Where, in the past, Mob Rules could inject a some hard rock groove, the sound here is much more heavy metal, and that's not a bad thing. The album is basically fired up from the start with Soldiers of Fortune, Tele Box Fool, and the title cut some the most roaring stuff. The closest thing to mellow is the metal anthems, Ice and Fire and Sunrise, at the end.
Mob Rules offers some intrigue in their songs as well by touching on some rather interesting subjects. The title cut Cannibal Nation speaks to the cruel deeds of the African despot Jean-Bédel Bokassa. Sir Edmund Hillary's successful attempt to scale Mt. Everest is the topic of Scream for the Sun. Ice and Fire was inspired by the abduction of Colombian politician Íngrid Betancourt. How about your heavy metal being also thoughtful.
While hardly upseting the genre with innovation, Mob Rules's Cannibal Nation is still solid and entertaining melodic power metal from a band that does it well. Fans of both band and the genre will enjoy this album. Recommended.
While hardly upseting the genre with innovation, Mob Rules's Cannibal Nation is still solid and entertaining melodic power metal from a band that does it well. Fans of both band and the genre will enjoy this album.
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