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Victory - 1990 Temples Of Gold

ARTIST: Victory
ALBUM: Temples Of Gold
LABEL: Metronome
SERIAL: 843 979-2
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Fernando Garcia - vocals * Herman Frank - guitars, vocals * Tommy Newton - guitars, vocals * Fargo Peter Knorn - bass * Fritz Randow - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rock 'n' Roll Kids Forever * 02 Backseat Rider * 03 Standing Like A Rock * 04 All Aboard * 05 Hell And Back * 06 Temples Of Gold * 07 Take The Pace * 08 Rock The Neighbours * 09 Mr President * 10 Breakaway * 11 Fighting Back The Tears * 12 The 9th Of November * 13 More And More (Live) * 14 Don't Tell No Lies (Live) * 15 Never Satisfied (Live)


One of my fave German melodic metal bands without doubt is Victory. A band with a prolific recording history with some great albums prior to this one (remember 'Hungry Hearts' anyone?). However by this stage, the band had certainly attained a level of consistency, and it's no wonder that fans consider 'Temples Of Gold' to be their best represented album out of all their discography. At this point, Spanish raider Garcia had settled in comfortably as the lead singer, replacing the erratic Charlie Huhn (ex Ted Nugent singer) the previous year.

The Songs
The kick-ass approach starts out early with 'Rock 'N Roll Kids Forever', like Roko on steroids. Equally, there's no let-up with 'Standing Like A Rock' or the crass rock 'n' rabble of 'All Aboard'. The no-fuss metal of 'Take The Pace' has all the endearing qualities of countrymen Accept, but with an appreciable level of melody applied.. something Accept struggled to obtain vocally with Udo Dirkschneider. Obviously Herr Frank has learnt something from his former band. The guitar strut/grind keeps this track ticking along. The fast and furious 'Mr President' is a deadringer for Dokken's 'Turn On The Action' from their 'Tooth And Nail' album while the obligatory power ballad appears in the form of 'Fighting Back The Tears'.. one of the albums highlights. Another of my faves is the guitar fury of 'Break Away', a stormer in a live capacity I bet..

In Summary
For 15 tracks you get maximum value for money. It's gung-ho euro metal of the finest sort, and one of the better releases of the genre for the year. You'd be doing well to check out the other releases from the band, including their sort of comeback album 'Voiceprint', albeit with a new lineup.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on February 11 2013 20:47:46
Man, this one totally passed me by at the time and I don't know how because I'd obtained all the previous releases on vinyl and was a fan, especially with the Fargo connection. Picked this up cheap from Amazon on CD last week and it absolutely rocks!
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