Methusalem-Unite and conquer
Rock Inc. (Distro)
Hailing from the lowlands of the Netherlands, the members of Methusalem come from backgrounds of death and gothic metal bands. They decided to unite and go in a different musical direction for this band. They reached back and embraced a more classic metal sound along the lines of acts like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest early Queensryche and others. Don't think that this is just another retro band who try to look and sound just like it's 1985. Instead Methusalem take the foundation of early-mid 80's metal and add enough ideas of their own to make it sound fresh. Not an easy task and it's an undertaking that too many bands don't even attempt. Then again this band is obviously talented enough to pull off the approach. They definitely have a balanced sound and this allows them to pull off heavy, pounding tracks like "Hardrock showdown" and "Forever" as well as smooth, slower tracks like the catchy "Brothers in arms". They even push the boundaries some and show off their ability to construct and execute more involved tracks like the fantastic title track which also serves as the great closer. The title track might also be the most Iron Maiden styled track on the album which is fine by me. There are few instances where it feels like the music is sitting rather than moving forward, but those times and few and far between. Judging by the band name and cover I wasn't sure what the music was going to sound like and classic style metal probably would not have been my first guess. That is what we get and Methusalem are good enough writers and performers to really make "Unite and conquer" be an album really worth seeking out.