Idols Are Dead – Mean (2008, Scarlet Records)

Track Listing:
1. “This Is Not The End” … 4:05
2. “Let’s Do It!” … 3:27
3. “Dance with the Devil” … 3:34
4. “Pain for Sale” … 4:16
5. “Dirt” … 3:50
6. “It’s So Easy” … 3:08
7. “The Name of the Rage” … 3:18
8. “Proud to be Sick” … 3:13
9. “Twiggy” … 3:45

Mana – Vocals
Ico – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Alley X – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Maxx C – Bass, Backing Vocals
Luca – Drums

Produced by: Gabriele Ravaglia, Simon Mularoni, Maxx C

YES! Now this is some modern metal I can really get into! I’ve been wanting to try out some heavier stuff than my usual 80s-inspired hard rock and this is just what the doctor ordered! Idols Are Dead are heavy, but not *too* heavy. They are a melodic blend of good old-fashioned heavy metal, thrash metal and modern metal, so they keep things interesting and don’t just pummel your ears. The songs are really catchy and have stuck in my head after listening to the album.

And you know these guys’ hearts are in the right place because they do a cover of Guns ‘N Roses’ “It’s So Easy”… and it’s pretty good! But this album isn’t some 80s heavy metal throwback, the band has taken old thrash and metalcore and made it work. I’ve seen others reviews comparing their modern touch to Avenged Sevenfold or Trivium and that sounds about right.

This Italian band is trying to break in the U.S. and I really hope they do because this is a really strong record that the States needs to hear. Definitely looking forward to hearing whatever they come up with next.

Highlights: “This Is Not the End”, “Let’s Do It!”, “Pain For Sale”, “Dirty”, “It’s So Easy”, “Proud to Be Sick”

Posted on February 3, 2009, in Idols Are Dead and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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