I nearly cringed when a got the email to download my review copy of Lord Volture's third and latest album, Will To Power. Should I or shouldn't I? I listen to a shitload of music in a week, month, year, that I can't remember everything. But when I read Lord Volture, I do remember something. I would have to contend, once more, with David Marcelis' unruly screamo vocals. Would I learn my lesson? Nope. I downloaded Will To Power.
There's an American saying that defines insanity as 'doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.' Well, listening to a third Lord Volture album and expecting Marcelis NOT to be screamo makes me either insane or a moron. Once more he assualts your ears with his octave climbing over-the-top vocal presence. It seems he imagines himself somewhere in the schema of Rob Halford, and you might get some of that in The Pugilist, one of the most 'Priest' sounding songs here. But mostly Marcelis sounds like a Sean Peck clone, like a poor Elvis imitator who sould have left the building a long time ago. Strangely, however, while his vocals are essentially off the rails, there is some sense, a small sense, of melody to his voice. And, I did almost find myself saying this vocals aren't all that bad this time. Not so much. Either I'm simply getting used to him or he's grinding me down.
Now, you're saying, 'Come on, dude, that's alot of words just about the vocalist and his style.' Yeah. I get that. Call it a pet peeve. I like vocals more melodic than screamo. But, as with previous albums, the strength of Lord Volture is their heavy metal. It's that classic mixture of heavy and power metal, blistering with intensity and heaviness, groove and the glory of twin lead guitars. So there you have it. Lord Volture with David Marcelis on screamo vocals is an acquired taste, and maybe something you simply either love or hate. I've drawn my line in the sand.
With their classic mixture of heavy and power metal, blistering with intensity and heaviness, groove and the glory of twin lead guitars, Lord Volture with David Marcelis on screamo vocals is an acquired taste, and maybe something you simply either love or hate.
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 ]