You can probably pile up the cliches. If it's not broke, then don't fix it. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Germany's Gun Barrel strays little from the path with their sixth album, Damage Dancer.
The album is basically another heavy metal slug fest with big riffs, a thick punchy rhythm section, strong straight forward vocals, and blistering guitar solos, all wrapped up in the groove and melody of hard rock. In other words, it's Gun Barrel being Gun Barrel. Their music is as much predictable as it is dependable. As much as there is some variation between songs, they also all seem to run together with redundancy. But there are some notable songs, mostly the ones that bump up the rock groove, and give you some slight AC/DC style boogie rock, like Back Alley Ruler, Building A Monster, or Ride The Dragon. Many songs are simply riff busting metal machines seemingly stuck in the same fifth gear. Others like Passion Rules or Heading For Disaster move with tedious heaviness. In the end, with Damage Dancer like previous albums, one spin tells the tale. But, basically, with Gun Barrel you know what you're getting before you even push play. Makes you wonder if ...
With Damage Dancer like previous albums, one spin tells the tale. But, basically, with Gun Barrel you know what you're getting before you even push play.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]