HEADLESS CROWN – Time for Revolution
Revolution is a strong word; a word that means innovation or a fight against compromise. If you want, though, to be truly revolutionary you must have knowledge of the past, keep the good things and transform them into something new and vivid. I think this is what these guys from Switzerland wanted to do when they started back in 2011 and now after some lineup changes and many efforts introduce us their debut album and let us judge if they have revolutionized the metal sound.
THE COVER: It gives off the feeling of a drawing that you can see on a tattoo shop and actually it looks cool if you consider that the band plays traditional heavy metal. In the center of the cover you can see the letters H and C which are no other than the first letters of the words that form the band name. On the upper part of the letters you can see three skulls two of which (left and right) look like screaming and the one in the center has a menacing look. Finally on the cover there are also the band’s logo and the title of the album. It is a classic heavy metal cover given though through a modern approach.
MUSICAL STYLE: I have already told you above that the band moves on the traditional heavy metal sound and this is almost the whole truth. You see the band in comparison with other young bands that try to replicate the old school heavy metal sound, do something slightly different. They give to their influences a modern approach in the way that WOLF also do (though there are no other musical similarities with this band). The melodies and the riffs that form the compositions that are included here are descendants of the riffs and melodies played by such bands like JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, SAXON, ACCEPT and GRAVE DIGGER. Sometimes the band also displays a more commercial façade of their sound which reminded me of early MOTLEY CRUE.
CONCLUSION: After all these I can tell you that “Time of Revolution” is actually a traditional heavy metal album that has a dynamic modern production and songs that show their influences (after all it is a debut album), but they don’t do it in such an obvious way. All in all I have to say that if you choose to buy this album, then you will listen to some good heavy metal tunes and won’t be disappointed. Finally, by listening to this release the band gave me the feeling they must be great to watch on stage…
Nick “Verkaim” Parastatidis