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Maltese Falcon - 1984 Metal Rush

ARTIST: Maltese Falcon
ALBUM: Metal Rush
LABEL: Roadrunner
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 2007, Old Metal, OMR 037


LINEUP: Charlie - vocals * Carsten Scmidt, Martin Petersen - guitars * Hasse Patino - bass * Stig Neilson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Alive * 02 Rats * 03 Mammas In Town * 04 Heavy N Loud * 05 Rebellion * 06 Headbanger * 07 On Fire * 08 Metal Rush>

I first saw mention of this album in the inlay of a Tank cassette eons ago and the title alone was enough to instigate my interest. This Danish band sum up the total metal ethos of the 1984 era and were one of hundreds of such bands on the Roadrunner label plundering the same riffs from each other. This bands claim to fame is their ties to Metallica's Lars Ulrich, whom the band allegedly knew before he left for the sunny climate of California, rather than the frozen wastelands of Copenhagen. Also of note is Kerrang! deriding this as one of the worst heavy metal albums of all time when it was released, an absolutely bizarre claim even for 1984. Why anyone would say this is beyond me, this being a competent set of metal which delivers enough riffs and speed to satisfy the most ardent and ageing 80's metal stalwart who was around at the time.

The Songs
Maltese Falcon take their cues from the likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon etc, hardly a surprise, but nothing wrong with that either. This Euro metal is similar also to previously reviewed bands like Oz, Heavy Load, Brainstorm and fellow Danish metal warriors Witchcross. Titles like 'Headbanger', 'Rebellion' and 'On Fire' tell the tale, exactly what is wanted from a metal album from 1984. 'Alive' kicks things off with Maiden styled riffs all over the place and some typical high pitched yelps from Charlie, who comes off as a cross between Rob Halford and Paul Dianno. The strangely titled 'Rats' has a nice gallop and some offbeat drum patterns, complimented by some stunningly heavy guitar work, one of the best features of the album. 'Mamma's In Town' is a gloriously sexist riff fest and I'll be buggered if the opening riff isn't taken off Axe's 'Nemesis' album. The fist banging anthem 'Heavy 'N' Loud' isn't quite as listenable for all it's intent, just recycled riffs and vocals. 'Rebellion' speeds things up nicely and is backed by 'Headbanger', another brazen anthem with some over the top wailing from Charlie. The title track is the pick of the bunch, heard a million times before, but still fresh in '84 I'm sure. Plenty of speed and brutal axe work which almost could be Metallica, help this earn a passing mark on the scale.

In Summary
Someone at Kerrang! in 1984 must have had a personal agenda against Maltese Falcon as this, while far from a true classic, is hardly appalling. It seems to have picked up quite a reputation and was recently released on CD for all the classic metal scavengers out there. Patino went on to play with King Diamond a few years later, this the only full length album from a band who live on today through some type of notoriety, which is better than nothing. Still it must be said, Kerrang! was always a terrible rag then and now!

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#1 | gdazegod on March 16 2009 13:27:33
I think you will also find Pretty Maids to be in this bands influential mix as well.
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