Rob Rock

The Voice Of Melodic Metal - Live In Atlanta

Written by: PP on 19/05/2009 14:45:48

Whenever a live album pops up on my review list it feels like the workload on the particular album dropped in just a quarter of what it was before, especially if you know the band. After all, you don't have to comment on the actual quality of the music as much as on the live recording itself, and you can alway get away with nothingsaying statements like "this record's good for the band's fans" to fill up the review. Okay, that's not always the case with live albums, but when we're dealing with cliché heavy metal that's essentially a huge ego-booster and an exercise in vibrato vocals, which is the case with all Rob Rock songs, that's precisely what I'm going to do for the remainder of this review. Sorry. I just think that heavy/power metal has more over saturation than all other genres put together.

But before we go on any further, it's impossible for me to circumvent the shining fact that Rob Rock has titled his solo live album "The Voice Of Melodic Metal - Live In Atlanta". Honestly? THE voice of melodic metal? Jesus christ, this man's ego knows of no limits. Only if you were actually better than the other 95% singers in the genre of whom you sound like a carbon copy of, I'd buy that statement. Too bad the only thing your band has going is a couple of decent melodic riffs and waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much vibrato. Both aspects have been decently mixed in with the cheering crowd reaction that can be heard after the songs, but did you really have to do the most cliché thing possible and have the "yeaaaaa-aah-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh" things to 'warm up' the crowd at the end of "Judgement Day" (I think it was that track, not that it matters)? Judas Priest does it at every show, and they were probably doing that way before you were.

There's about an hour's worth of Rob Rock music with most of his albums represented equally throughout the setlist, so fans of this type of stuff may find it appealing on some level (there it is!). But the thing with live albums is that you already own all of the songs, so why would you actually buy a copy of this disc if you weren't at the show? Wouldn't you rather spend the same amount of money and actually go see a show of theirs yourself when they come to your town? I guess live albums have (almost) always been label cash-ins anyway. As a final question, I'd like to ask why all heavy metal bands really look like they're stuck in the 80s? It's 2009, come on.

5

Download: Slayer Of Souls, Metal Breed
For the fans of: Any heavy metal band in the last 20 years
Listen: Myspace

Release date 22.05.2009
AFM Records

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