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NERVED ‘Off Line ’MMS MMSCD009 (2005)

Swedish band Nerved have been around for a few years now and playing a very in-your-face metal. In places jagged, thereís an occasional Bay Area influence without going all out thrash. Itís full on metal alright.

From the outset thereís a Brian Johnson roughness to the vocals, and the guitar work is pretty damn good too. But no Maiden finness here, itís too heavy for that.

Surprise number is Nazarethís 'Expect No Mercy', featuring Manny Charlton, giving a different but enjoyable take on the Naz classic.

The sound is very solid and modern, well produced, although this does make the drums sound a little electronic.

'Intermission' is a little more electronic and mellow, but the guitars are soon back and rattling the ear drums. A change of rhythms and speeds make for varied listening thatíll keep most metal fans interested. Well worth checking out. Available form


Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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