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IMPELLITTERI
CRUNCH

Victor Entertainment VICP-60948
Produced by: Chris Impellitteri

Released: Out Now / Website
Closest Relative: Yngwie Malmsteen
GENRE: Melodic Metal
OVERALL: 87%

  1. Beware Of The Devil
  2. Turn Of The Century
  3. Speed Demon
  4. Wake Me Up
  5. Spanish Fly
  6. Slay The Dragon
  7. Wasted Earth
  8. Forever Yours
  9. Texas Nuclear Boogie
  10. Fear No Evil
And for the first 30 seconds of Crunch I thought I was in real trouble. A sonic blast through my speakers had me thinking I was about to lose all hearing permanently!
But fear not - the great Rob Rock to the rescue.
Rob sings his ass off on Crunch. Not to say Chris Impellitteri doesn't play his ass off - he does - but it's Rob's vocals that bring a lot of the melody to the music. Chris adds the power and Rob the melody.
Add to that some impressive production by Chris with Michael Wagener and the album mixes the best of speed metal with a more melodic hard rock base.
On the surface this is maybe one of Impellitteri's fastest and more furious releases. The shredding on here supreme. Underneath however, there is plenty of melody.
The songs are all worthy and somewhat different - which is sometimes hard to achieve when the whole album is roughly the same pace. But the added harmony vocals and extra hooks add a much needed dimension that albums like Yngwie's last record was missing.
That's where I might add my only complaint. I don't see that a whole album has to be flat out for every minute. But regardless of the speed, there is variety and Crunch is second to none for musicianship. The rhythm section is wonderful. This really is a great outfit of musicians.
Forever Yours is the only track short of metal - it's a great acoustic ballad.
BOTTOM LINE: An album that will be loved by fans of the genre, pity there aren't more like it. The band's best album since Answer To The Master, but it still doesn't top that one.
PRODUCTION: 90%SONGS: 84%VIBE: 85%ATTITUDE: 88%
ESSENTIAL FOR: Every Impellitteri & Rob Rock fan, melodic heavy metal fans, guitar shred fans.
DISCOGRAPHY:Stand In Line . Impellitteri . Victim Of the System . Answer To The Master . Screaming Symphony . Eye Of The Hurricane



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