Slik Helvetika Review
by Nick Desjardins
Slik Helvetika has a nostalgic feel to it. The band has pumped its debut full of Cult-like power riffs and Halford-esque wails. Perhaps it's that 80's feel that makes the album so refreshing. The album kicks off with a heavy intro to "War Machine/War Machine", an all-out rocker which gets you ready for the rest of the album. The power metal riffs continue with songs like "Scream," "High On You," "Skies," and "Ride," which are all good track but they don't really bring anything new or different to the table.
As with any 80's metal album, the next track "Viand/September" is a ballad. Nothing against it, it's a great track, most definitely one of the best on the album, but the lyrics out-cheese Slaughter. After that, Slik continues its full-on metal assault with "Swine," complete with distorted vocals and the lyrics "I'm gonna smash your face/I'm gonna take my time." The next notable track, "She Kills," is the token sex song on the disc. The lyrics fall somewhere between Motley Crue's entire catalog and Nine Inch Nails' "Closer".
The next track "Departure/West Bound Train" starts with an excellent acoustic intro before it launches into the excellent electrical assault. The chorus is catchy and angry "I'm gonna save her life/ I'm gonna save my name/ I'm gonna pack all my guns and money/ And catch a westbound train." The album closes with "Boy In Blue," and "Where Blood Spills," once again theses tracks are good, they just bring nothing new or different to the table.
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