Recent Reviews

April 2024

March 2024

February 2024

January 2024

[ More Music Reviews ]

Elm Street: Knock 'Em Out ... With A Metal Fist
Elm Street Knock 'Em Out ... With A Metal Fist CD Album Review

Elm Street: Knock 'Em Out ...

Heavy Metal

Five years have passed since we've heard from this band from down under. No, I don't mean AC/DC. This is Elm Street with their second long player, Knock 'Em Out ... With A Metal Fist. Yeah. I know. That's a long title. But the title and the artwork by Ken Kelly (KISS, Manowar) should give you some idea of Elm Street metal style. Theirs is traditional heavy metal touched with a bit speed and thrash.

Elm Street Band Photo

Elm Street

But here's the thing. From some floundering memory, I thought I liked this band. That is until I listened to this album and couldn't get through more than four songs. I'm not kidding. Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Ben Batres sounds awful. In the past, he had some raspy, whisky and nails, sound. Now his voice is some combination of harsh hardcore and death vocals. I couldn't listen to him. I tried. I really did.

But Elm Street's music, their heavy metal is pretty awesome. Twin guitar harmony. Galloping rhythm section. Burning and bristling leads. You know. All the stuff you love about trad metal. So then, you have a dilemma. Enjoy the sturdy heavy metal and forbear the vocals, or bail on the whole album. I've made my choice. Good luck with yours.

Elm Street - Heart Racer

Share This Review with Your Friends - New fiction, crime fiction by Craig Hartranft

Note: All Amazon advertising in this review first benefits the artist, then Craig Hartranft also receives a residual. Click, and thanks for your support.

The Bottom Line

Because of the harsh dirty vocals, you have a dilemma with Elm Street's latest. Enjoy the awesome heavy metal and forbear the vocals, or bail on the whole album. I've made my choice. Good luck with yours.

Find A Review

Alphabetical Index

a b c d e f g h i j
k l m n o p q r s t
u v w x y z #
New & Notable
Read the Cruzh: The Jungle Revolution Album Review

Three years have passed since Sweden's Cruzh dropped their second long-player, Tropical Thunder, also introducing their new singer, Alex Waghorn. Now the band returns with The Jungle Revolution ... [ Read More ]