Typical of many bands, no matter the genre, Switzerland's Headless Crown started with some momentum back in 2011. Then for two years floundered with personnel changes made for a revolving door. As heavy metal fate might have it, the band gelled together and hit the studio for Time For Revolution, their debut album for Massacre Records.
What Headless Crown plays is basically classic heavy power metal. Think Accept to Iron Maiden, Saxon to Judas Priest. The "keep it true" type of heavy metal that made you love heavy metal from the start. With one listen you'll hear the twin guitar attack for both riff intensity and requisite harmony. Then, of course, lead guitar solos fly like surface to air missiles.
Underneath the rhythm section stays heavy and sturdy, keeping the pace, keeping the tempo. Vocalist Steff Perrone has a classic metal style, singing clean, melodic, with a bit pitched metal scream at times. While all these things define the best of real heavy metal, Headless Crown also remembers one more more fundamental ingredient. And that would be groove. I mean the rock groove delivered by both guitars and rhythm section that makes the metal both heavy and accessible. Also, for you heavy metal purists out there, there are no pussy synths to be found. At least none that I could hear.
Perhaps the slight flaw is that most everything is similar, the same hard-charging power metal from the start. Some twists come with Reach Out, with lighter guitar at the start and in the segue, just after the midpoint, followed by an awesome solo over that groove. Another song slightly more subtle, almost reminding of something U.D.O. might do, is Men of Madness. It has this steady progressive of melodic vocals over harmonious riffage, building to another guitar solo crescendo. Something else of note is the terrific drum openings of Searching For My Soul and Lonely Eagle, within the latter the become a driving force. Then check out the bass line in the latter third. Sweet.
All in all, for a debut album, Time For Revolution is a solid and entertaining start for Headless Crown, soon to be known as contemporary purveyors of classic heavy metal. Recommended.
For a debut album, Time For Revolution is a solid and entertaining start for Headless Crown, soon to be known as contemporary purveyors of classic heavy metal. Recommended.
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