Label: New Renaissance Records - NRR 34 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Test Pressing • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Heavy Metal
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. Across the album, Medieval Jimmie Raye - Deep In Your Love / Spread Love As in the past, the brothers Amsbuist volley vocals between one another for about half the album each.
Their style, without being derogatory, is stuck like their namesake era of time. A third contributing sibling seems to exist, Terror, who apparently found a niche My Chery - Radiorama - MP3 Collection the mixing board in the production booth as well as some lyrical assistance with at least six tracks.
Being located in Michigan probably had something to do with that. A few independent demos in the mid 80s were followed by an appearance on Metal Massacre IV. The label was best known perhaps for its roster of third-rate thrash acts like Anvil Bitch and Indestroy, as well as a few oddball groups like lightweight power metallers Gargoyle and Dream Death, a similarly unusual and underrated band. Unfortunately, the album was released at least 5 years too late and on a label at least 5 times too small to bring them real success.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, New Renaissance hit a rough patch shortly thereafter, and with that label already having been something of a last resort, they called it a day. So what do they sound like? Sometimes they remind me more World War IV - Medieval - Medieval Kills! very straight-ahead, fast NWOBHM like Raven or Blitzkrieg or Warfare, sometimes punk rock, sometimes Motorhead with overdriven vocals, sometimes proto-extreme metal, sometimes proto-sloppy thrash like early Voivod.
Medieval inhabit that primordial soup where all of those styles originated; they tap into the primal force that powers them all, without decisively evolving along any one of the established paths.
Medieval have that same raw energy with their throat-shredding shrieks and growls, sloppy, breakneck riffs, and raucous cymbal abuse. The first time I heard that, I burst out laughing because it was so delightfully unexpected. Back when I first heard it, this combination of songwriting panache and feral energy just broke right through my jaded, pretentious exterior and reminded me of how noisy and evil and fun metal can be.
Write your own review. GutterscreamAugust 11th, Written based on this version:12" vinyl, New Renaissance Records.
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