Nobody listens to music, heavy metal or otherwise, to be abused. Well, those who listen to stuff like hardcore, grindcore, death metal, rap or Taylor Swift, yeah, they probably like to be abused. But they're morons. Listening to the latest release from Brazil's Dragonheart, The Battle Sanctuary is basically abuse by vocal torture.
Honestly, I could barely listen to this album. It was a struggle to merely get through one spin, and then I was skipping through songs. Why? The vocals are horrible, hideous. The band boasts three vocalist. That's like three too many. The vocals and vocal arrangements are coarse, raw, and gruff and so needlessly unbearable. One dude tries to sing clean, but is overwhelmed by the others. All this begs the question, "Can any of these guys sing?" Fundamentally, as Ozzy once said, I like my vocal more melodic.
Otherwise, Dragonheart performs some standard, generally decent, heavy power metal. It's heavy, fast, even a little thrashy at times. There's also some sweet guitar solos throughout. It's not the best or greatest stuff I've heard in recent months, but it can pissed away as poor quality either. It's simply that the vocals suck. There, I said it, plain and simple. And there's your head's up.
Dragonheart performs some standard, generally decent, heavy power metal. It's not the best stuff I've heard in recent months, but it can pissed away as poor quality either. It's simply that the vocals suck.
In the early Eighties, one of the first American metal bands that caught my interest was New York's Riot, founded by guitarist Mark Reale (1955-2012). Albums like Narita and Fire Down Under were classics of ... [ Read More ]