Wednesday, June 19, 2019

LP Review: "Cyber Metal" by Skelator

Cyber Metal
Do not underestimate the power of cover art.

When we as a people all frequented record stores, cover art is what sold the music to us, at least in part.

It's the first chance to catch a listener's eye. Your cover should connect with your possible listener and give me a good idea of what you're all about.

Iron Maiden's entire career can be traced back to a zombie. Eddie was what caught people's eyes, bet it on stage or on the cover.

The cover of Skelator's latest record certainly ticked off a goodly number of boxes for me.

This album cover made me interested in hearing the rest of the album and that's a total win for this guy. Skelator is roots music. At least for me. These guys hearken back to a time when twin gun guitar solos and super high vocals were all over the place in metal.

They're progressive, melodic, and have a damned good imagination when it comes to crafting lyrics. I'm still not precisely sure what a Cyber Samurai is, but I kind of want to watch a TV show about it.

Galloping twin guns, a bassline that'll drive you through a wall, and vocals that'll make your ear drums bleed...all of these things come together to fill that hole in your heart that rests between Def Leppard, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden that you never knew you had.


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