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HEROD
RICH MAN'S WAR, POOR MAN'S FIGHT
LIFEFORCE

Buffalo NY quintet Herod plays its brand of power metal with a decisively American tone on its 10-track affair. Reaching out with melodic vocals galore, there's a very 1982 vibe to tracks like "Grand Design" that is undeniably simple yet completely over the top, while the ballad "Forever" goes for the flicking of the Bics from the onset with an acoustic passage before blowing you away with a bombastic assault that somehow patches Twisted Sister, Zebra, and Dio together. Without a shred of cheese to be found yet stocked with shredding guitar solos, RICH MAN'S WAR, POOR MAN'S FIGHT is a metal album brings metal's glory days back to the forefront.
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- Mike SOS