Victim Mentality‘s Magic Finger was a good introduction to the band’s glam heavy metal, but ended kind of quick. After seeing the band at SXSW, it’s apparent that the recording didn’t capture the entire power of the band. Now that the whole band was able to record on Heavy Metal Is Back, you can hear everything.
There’s still a difference between the live and recorded sound of the band, but Heavy Metal Is Back does give a lot more music to hear. The glam metal sound is obvious from the start of the album. “속도위반” is the first real strong song. Krocodile‘s vocals come out stronger. The background vocals add a little also. But the power that I heard from the live show isn’t captured well enough on these songs.
It’s like Heavy Metal Is Back is a teaser for live performances. While there’s power on certain parts of songs, there’s something missing. “Heavy Metal Is Back” is a good example of this. The drums sound deep and give the song its structure, but the guitars don’t have the right underlying strength and it’s very difficult to hear any bass guitar. All the songs are strong, but the overall recording sounds weak.
I had a lot of hopes for Heavy Metal Is Back. The songs are great and have the attitude that I expected. There’s a great variety between the faster, aggressive songs and the power ballads; but the mixing of the album stripped a lot of Victim Mentality out. It would be great to get the album remastered and give each instrument the proper levels. If anything, the album is a preview for a live show.