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Blizzen - 2016 Genesis Reversed


ARTIST: Blizzen
ALBUM: Genesis Reversed
LABEL: High Roller Records
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Stecki - vocals, bass * Marvin - guitars * Andi - guitars * Gereon - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Anthem To A Distant Star (Instrumental) * 02 Trumpets Of The Gods * 03 Masters Of Lightning * 04 The Beast Is On Your Back * 05 Hounded For Good * 06 Genesis Reversed * 07 Gone Wild * 08 The World Keeps Still * 09 Devil In Disguise * 10 Bestride The Thunder * 11 Skid Into Death



Having recent written about French metallers Existance, I also became aware of a German band playing in the same style and signed to High Roller Records. This label is suddenly becoming one of my favourites, the recent efforts by German upstarts Wild Stallions is a case in point. Blizzen, a five-piece who formed back in 2014, are also an old-school metal band, with nods to Bullet (Sweden), Accept, Iron Maiden and other NWOBHM hoodlums of the day. To my ear, when they thrash it up a bit, an early sounding and melodic version of Metallica shines through. With an EP recorded in 2015 and put into their stockpile, 'Genesis Reversed' is their first full-length affair, and is a reasonable effort, if not for a couple of issues.

The Songs
One of those are the vocals. For the type of music being delivered, Stecki sounds very weak, and when he hits the high-notes? Oh dear, don't go there, especially on a track like 'Gone Wild' which is painful listening to be honest, though the opening sequence stole some ideas from Iron Maiden's 'Aces High'. The dual guitar work is very good overall, and on songs like 'Trumpets Of The Gods' and 'Hounded For Good', Blizzen are chugging away as if it's 1981 all over again? When the speed is on, as with 'Masters Of Lightning' and 'Skid Into Death', Blizzen have found their groove, and it's a fast one at that. Along with the twin guitars, the drum work is pretty decent too.

In Summary
As mentioned, this is a reasonable effort, but not a particularly exceptional one. The vocals could do with improvement, while the production could really do with some beefing up. Let's see what the next album delivers.

Blizzen - 2016 Trumpets Of The Gods

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