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Elm Street Knock Em Out With A Metal Fist Review
ELM STREET
KNOCK 'EM OUT...WITH A METAL FIST

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Release Date: June 24th 2016

Elm Street Knock Em Out With A Metal Fist

Melbourne rockers Elm Street have released their second full length album, the aptly titled "Knock 'Em Out...With A Metal Fist" which clearly alludes to it's conceptual nod to 80's rock and metal. But while the band make no apologies for it's influences coming through in their music, this album is more than just a nostalgic musical adventure, it's a damn fine sophomore effort that is also hooky, heavy and aesthetically pleasing to the ears.
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If you love your metal that harks back to the New wave Of British Heavy Metal but with a touch of old school thrash and a drop of melodic rock, then this album is for you and Elm Street are your band to bring you that very music. While there's nothing spectacularly new here as far as completely innovating a style of music, there's something to be said about certain bands who wear their influences on their sleeves but bring a modern touch to the table. "Knock 'Em Out...With A Metal Fist" certainly brings back that old school tradition just in the title and album artwork alone (Ken Kelly was the artist who has worked with Kiss and Manowar) and the music works perfectly with the theme the band were going for.

Opening track "Face The Reaper" starts out with an acoustic intro not far removed from the likes of early Metallica (think "Battery") before vocalist Ben Batres screams the song in to a heavy groove beat. The tempo kind of reminds me of Canadian thrashers Annihilator in some ways but the melodies are very reminiscent of Iron Maiden or even early Megadeth. More thrashier pieces abound on the album, "Kiss The Canvas" pounds away and even includes a cool little bass solo moment mid-way through while "Heavy Mental" has a thrashy riff that sits on top of a more mid-tempo beat. But the album is more consistent with a lot of melodic rock pieces, "Will It Take A Lifetime" has an early Motley Crue vibe, "Sabbath" gives nods to the gods that is Judas Priest and "Next In Line" is more anthemic in nature than anything else.

More classic turners include "Next In Line" and "Blood Diamond", which is preceeded by the prelude instrumental "STWA", begins with a galloping drum kick but quickly turns into a definite melodic rocker. The album does a 180 by ending things with a more mellower touch in "Leave It All Behind", complete with acoustic guitars, power chords galore and in a weird way, almost reminds me of Machine Head's "Halo" with that singalong chorus that begs to be sung by a sweaty crowd. Everything that a traditional rock and metal fan loves in their music can be found here, it might be a throw back to a lot of classic moments in musical history but there's also enough here to hear something new that's a little bolder than what has been done before.


TRACKLIST
Face The Reaper
Kiss The Canvas
Will It Take A Lifetime
Sabbath
Heavy Mental
Next In Line
Heart Racer
STWA
Blood Diamond
Leave It All Behind

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Review by Andrew "Schizodeluxe" Massie