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Kamikaze Kings
The Law
Limited Access Records
www.kamikazekings.de


Kamikaze Kings' debut album, The Law, can be summed up in very few words - mid-career Judas Priest with the guy from Rammstein on vocals - but I'll do my best to lay in a little more detail.

Why is Germany perpetually the center of the universe for what I consider eighties, cock-rock metal? While metal genres come and go, spawn and evolve, metal from the backbone of the European Union perpetually treads water in the swamp of 1984. I suppose that's a good thing if you occasionally get a nostalgic jones for this period of rock and roll history. Given that so many of the classic releases from the early to mid-eighties sound like they were recorded in a cardboard box when compared to today's recording and mastering standards, it's great to know that you can find a steady stream of current releases that are well-recorded but sound like they've been beamed to you direct from 30 years ago.

The Kamikaze Kings fit this mold perfectly - right down to their make-up, leather pants, and cod-pieces. Their guitars are crunchy but clean and are reminiscent of Hell Bent For Leather-era Judas Priest. The drums pummel heavily while the vocals take on a pleasantly deep tone which is a pleasant departure from lots of the high-pitched wailing that was favored by bands from the first wave of metal.

If you were hoping to gain philosophical insight you've come to the wrong place. Kamikaze Kings favor party-hard lyrics and misogyny. Case in point-"Saturday Night Hero": "I'm gonna get hot and I'm gonna get wild/I'm gonna get laid in the city tonight/Aah baby just shut your mouth/You don't know what the fuck you're talking about/I'm a Saturday night he-ro."

If you can cut past the cheese and simply want to enjoy a trip down metal memory lane you're certain to get at least a cheap thrill from The Law.

-George Dow

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