CUSTARD – A REALM OF TALES (Pure Steel Records)

Review by Officer Nice: I have heard a lot of traditional Metal lately. It’s probably a coincidence but you’ll probably know I don’t mind. I’m a child of the Eighties and the fact I lived my wonder years in that era is one of the most beautiful presents I ever had. We were talking about it lately, about the brotherhood, the friendship between Metal fans in those years. It was a time when Metal still was pure, when the music industry had no grip on us! It was awesome and it’s a pity times changed. I have lost the common sense in the Metal scène and in the world, where is it? When did it disappear? Does nobody care? Anyway, Heavy Metal is still a red line in my life and I can only thank God for it… if he exists.

The next traditional band in row is Custard, a German Metal band that is active since 1992. Ever since they released several albums and I think you should know this band is worth checking out if you’re into traditional Heavy Metal. They released good stuff before and they are back again, finally! A band stands or falls mostly with the singer and in this case the band stands tall. They have a great singer, Olli Strasser, who really is able to lift the band up to a higher level. I really love this man’s vocal sound and the way he performs this melodic kind of Power Metal. He reminds me to Sean Peck (Cage, Denner Sherman, Warrior,…) and Rob Halford, at some points to Michael Kiske (Helloween) Along with two talented guitar players, a good drummer and stable bass player he delivers tracks that are strong enough to impress. Both guitar players are able to deliver us intense played leads, just the way it should be! These lads are professionals, no doubts about it! Listening to “The little Match girl”, for example, is enough to realize how strong this band really is… I have heard a lot of good albums lately but this must be one of the best songs I have heard this year. So yes, you will discover first class song writing on “A realm of tales” and the production is just perfect for this kind of music. Okay, there’s nothing original and renewing about Custard but these guys are really good.

This band weaves traditional German Metal with European Power Metal and here and there a bit the American touch. It’s Helloween, Grave Digger, Accept in a blender with Judas Priest and Saxon and little bit of for example Cage and Jacob’s Dream. Well, it’s a band with an overdose of influences but they perform it well. I adore the samples in and between the songs, it always give me that ‘extra touch’. Add a cool front cover and you have enough reasons to purchase this one. To be honest this is to me one of the better German traditional bands at the moment! I have the promo right here but I am obliged to buy the full album for my CD-racks. I am a traditional Metal fan, remember? Check this excellent record out at http://www.custard.de

My rating: 89/100 (Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it)

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