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Metalian - 2009 Wasteland

ARTIST: Metalian
ALBUM: Wasteland
LABEL: Underground Power
YEAR: 2009


LINEUP: Ian - vocals, guitar * Dru - drums * Isho - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Sonic Attack * 02 Wasteland * 03 Heat Ray * 04 Edge Of The Knife * 05 Necronomicon * 06 Shredded Beef * 07 Metalian



Out of Quebec come this Canadian trio with their feet firmly planted in the sounds of classic early 80's heavy metal. There seems to be an abundance of young bands trying to recapture this vibe currently and Metalian it has to be said play it harder and faster than the bands they are copying - at least in 2010 anyway. Metalian don't pretend to be anything other than metal and I have to admit it is refreshing to hear bands coming through like this who don't sound contrived, unlike other bands of the past like Hammerfall for instance. Metalian make them and other washed up 'legends' like Manowar sound positively tame.

The Songs
For an independent release the production is excellent, capturing Metalian's wall of noise to the max. The opening riff of 'Sonic Attack' brings early Metallica to mind, before settling into a good mixture of early Iron Maiden and every conceivable Euro metal act circa 1982. An obvious Motorhead influence is notable on 'Wasteland', with the speed turned up a notch or two to near thrash levels. The NWOBHM is visited on 'Heat Ray' but in turn there's some Merycful Fate type doom on 'Edge Of The Knife', a track which also reminds me of ancient British metal heroes Jaguar (before 'This Time'). With all these references you might think Metalian have no identity, but this is played with such intensity that it actually gives them their own distinct sound. 'Necronomicon' is a stab at Maiden once again, with some Priest thrown in also. The thrash breakdown halfway through is extremely heavy, showing some impressive shades in sound. 'Shredded Beef' is a good time rocker, more fast and furious stuff and closer 'Metalian' displays some melodic guitar harmonies, again in early Maiden mode. Simple headbanging stuff, but therein lies the beauty, with no ten minute epic plodders so typical of Maiden themselves. Somehow I don't think anybody will ever be copying that dull fodder.

In Summary
While hardly high profile, Metalian have to be applauded for keeping the true spirit of metal alive in an era when making a living in the music industry is tougher than ever. It makes you wonder what kind of world bands like Maiden are living in, while unknowns like Metalian blast out metal the way it was supposed to be played. They should be making way for the next generation of metal bands like Metalian. This is a consumate release for the metal enthusiast.

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#1 | fenton on August 12 2010 11:44:57
Wow... Heat Ray has 70s Priest stamped all over it. Classic stuff!
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