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Brainfever - 1984 Capture The Night



ARTIST: Brainfever
ALBUM: Capture The Night
LABEL: Mausoleum
SERIAL: SKULL 8362
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 2006, Cult Metal Classics, CultMetal029

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Horst Neumann - vocals * Marco Bottcher - guitars * Heinz Schreiber - bass * Frank Marowsky - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Into The Sky * 02 Hangman * 03 Danger Of The Night * 04 Thunder And Lightning * 05 Dirty Streets * 06 Brainfever * 07 Capture The Night * 08 Midnight Train * 09 Tool For The Show * 10 Suicide


Background
It sometimes amazes that albums such as 'Capture The Night (aka 'Brainfever)' are considered classics simply by doing a touch of research, when I'm sure many have never heard of this at all. Brainfever are a cult German metal act, who released this explosive debut after recording demos that were enough to capture Mausoleum's attention. There were so many bands at the same period treading this same traditional ground that it would take weeks to count them, but in the German stakes Brainfever were similar to the more successful likes of Gravedigger and Running Wild, both early purveyors of early German power metal, often fast with hints of thrash and lightning fast guitar work. The consensus is that Brainfever should have made it bigger, but with the huge glut of metal bands lurking behind them, there was surely only so much room. This is often a notch above the ordinary, and I can to a degree identify with the claims that Brainfever were unlucky.


The Songs
Much like previous albums reviewed here like Heavy Load and Glory Bells Band, this is straight down the line heavy metal, with all the European traits evident, high pitched vocals, chainsaw riffs and failed anthemic hooks. For a German act this strangely has little in common with Accept or The Scorpions and the introductory offering 'Into The Sky' offers raging speed and guitar solos fast enough to make Malmsteen flinch. Even by 1984 it had all been heard before, and if you think hard this differs little from much of the poor power metal of the current age, except this is genuine. 'Hangman' heads down the Mercyful Fate route of evil riffing, as does 'Thunder And Lightning', although both are far more commercial, the latter displaying some pleasing melody on the chorus. 'Dirty Streets' offers some Saxon riffs, clearly obvious in the chord progressions and the self titled 'Brainfever' can almost be classed as speed metal, with nothing held back. Structurally every song follows the same path, notably a guitar solo at the two minute point, and some of these workouts are raw and ear piercing. The title track is a cross between Motorhead and Manowar, both in music and vocals, and although its consistently heavy there's still something missing from the album as a whole, a lack of consistent choruses the main let-down.


In Summary
This was recently reissued with follow up 'Face To Face' as part of a double CD by Cult Metal Classics, which will no doubt please those of the 80's Euro metal persuasion. Brainfever soldiered on until the late 80's to little acclaim, by that point they had been overtaken if they had ever been in the lead at all. It's not that this album is uninspiring, it's just been heard so many times by other bands who were taking a shot at the metal throne. Still Brainfever managed to avoid a ballad, a rarity among any band and that's worth a salute. True metal in anyone's books and recommended for those curious to hear the Euro sound at its most pure.


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