Monday, August 22, 2011

LECHERY: "In Fire"

Rating: 6/10

Label: Metal Heaven 2011

Review by Alan Holloway

Do you like heavy metal? Lechery do. In fact, they like it so much they could probably give Manowar a run for their money, although the angry Swedes are most likely to be compared to German metal merchants Accept. “In Fire” is their second album, and it will remind you that there is always a fine line between metal majesty and outright comedy.

So how metal are Lecehry? Just check out these song titles: “Heart Of A Metal Virgin”, “Lust For Sin”, and the not at all clich├ęd “We All Gonna Rock You Tonight”. As you may have guessed, there are no ballads. Musically, Lechery are better than the tacky cover and titles would have you believe, with some fine singalong anthems and straightforward metal steamers. Hell, “Cross The Line” could sit well on a Saxon album, so despite all my piss taking I still enjoyed listening to “In Fire”, although I a still embarrassed to sing along to some of the tracks. Ex Arch Enemy man Martin Bengtsson has a fine metal voice, and there are plenty of fist pumping guitar moments to help him along, along with some breakneck drumming from Kristian Svensson.

Lechery play the sort of music that can easily go very wrong, and they do a good job of the metal/moronic balancing act, mainly because the actual tunes overcome the often silly lyrics. If you are a fan of old school metal with a melodic heart, you could do a lot worse than this.


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