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Mars - 2010 Metaldrome

ALBUM: Metaldrome
LABEL: Retrospect Records
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Scott Davis - guitars, backing vocals * Jimi Jaymz Balduf - lead vocals * Mark Chulick - bass * Fred Haener - drums, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Breakin' My Heart * 02 Obsession * 03 Metaldrone * 04 Ash Tuesday * 05 Damnation * 06 It's Your Life * 07 Speed King (bonus) * 08 Knifemare (bonus) * 09 Blast In The Sky (bonus)


Another obscurity dragged out of the long closed 80's HM closet, this band have seen their material unmercifully dragged into the 21st century - by hook or by crook. Originally from Pennsylvania, Mars would release a six-track EP for Azra Records back in 1987. This is the same label responsible for releasing material from bands such as Centaurus, Vixen (Hawaii) and Jag Panzer, so illustrious company indeed. It seems Mars didn't account for much beyond local appearances and this album, which was a near perfect acquisition for current blogspot sites focusing on rare heavy metal from the 80's. Interestingly, the original six tracks plus three bonus tracks appeared on a 1998 CD reissue of the obscure SPYR/N.T.Q. Records label. To further keep Mars in the headlight, years after their initial run, Retrospect Records joined in on the reissue front, releasing the nine tracks again in 2010.

The Songs
It's solid sounding metal at the melodic end of the scale, with great vocals, and tight playing. Admittedly Mars aren't setting the world on fire, the album is ploughed through in mid-fast tempo, with only the title track 'Metaldrone' rattling through at quicker pace. I am reminded of Fifth Angel, early Virgin Steele and a hint of Queensryche in parts. The three bonus tracks are quite good, they show Mars playing at speed, which I feel is their better style. Put it this way, if this album was released in 1982 or 1983, then I feel they would've been better served for popularity. Either that or they would've been swallowed by all the other thousands of bands kicking around in that genre.

In Summary
Of the members, only Jimmy 'Jaymz' Balduf went on to anything significant, hooking up with longstanding rockers Dirty Looks, who themselves have been in the news lately due to the recent passing of their founder Henrik Ostergaard.

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