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Rock, Rob - 2005 Holy Hell

Rob Rock - vocals
Carl Johan Grimmark - guitars
Daniel Hall - guitars
Andreas Olsson - bass
Andreas Johansson - drums

Anyone in the know, will associate the name Rob Rock to be associated with quality heavy metal. With particular emphasis on his solo releases, this guy keeps getting better and better. Having heard and absorbed both 2000's 'Rage Of Creation' and 2003's' Eyes Of Eternity', this new one pushes the bar even higher, the standard making it difficult to surpass this effort, if and when he gets around to it. This is straight up the guts heavy metal. No leanings toward progressive, nor extreme/death metal in the other direction. Just pure metal that way it should be played.

The Songs
After a few years hanging out at Massacre Records, Rob entertained a move to a new label last year. German label AFM, which is the home to the likes of At Vance, does the honors this time around, and they've come up with a beauty. Guitarist/producer Roy Z is still under the wings, and the sound is as pristine as ever. From the staggering weight of 'Slayer Of Souls' to the soulful ballad 'I'll Be Waiting For You', this album has a bit of everything. But what it has the most of is some severe dragon-slaying guitarwork. Check out the demanding title cut 'Holy Hell', the dramatic six-string switch blades of 'Calling Angels'. For a contrast, the duet with Edguy's Tobias Sammet on 'Move On' takes us on a ride into 'epic' territory, while the reworking of 'I'm A Warrior' (from his Driver and Impelliteri days) is probably one of the better versions heard.

In Summary
I approached this album tentatively, after reading some dubious reviews (yes.. had to be European reviewers.. only they can be so ignorantly scathing), but upon listening I needn't have worried. As for the guy who said this was album was getting closer to the sound of Stryper, geez son, go and see an Ear Specialist! In the meantime, heavy metal purists take a few bucks out of your hard-earned wallet, and throw a few at this disc. In the end, it will be you saying 'holy hell!'. Yes, 'Holy Hell' indeed.

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Track Listing:
01 Slayer Of Souls
02 First Winds At The End Of Time
03 Calling Angels
04 Holy Hell
05 Lion Of Judah
06 I'm A Warrior
07 I'll Be Waiting For You
08 When Darkness Reigns
09 The Revelation
10 Move On


Related Articles:

Rock, Rob - 2000 Rage Of Creation

Rock, Rob - The Rage Of Creation Interview (June 2001)

Rob Rock - 2003 Eyes Of Eternity

Rock, Rob - 2005 Holy Hell

Rock, Rob - 2007 Garden Of Chaos

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#1 | englandashes on May 06 2009 23:42:07
With the final track 'Move On' nice to hear a good cover version of quite a little know ABBA track, up their with my other favourite ABBA covers, being AT Vance - The Winner Takes It All and Therion with Summernight City!
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