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Blazing Clash - "Princess Of Rock" (CD/EP)

Blazing Clash - "Princess Of Rock" CD/EP cover image

"Princess Of Rock" track listing:

1. Prelude
2. Back From The War
3. Made Up To Be A Monster
4. The Hammer
5. Princess Of Rock

Reviewed by on January 18, 2011

"s Blazing Clash's 'Princess Of Rock' basically a derivative affair, emulating Judas Priest, Motorhead and a bunch of other '80s metal acts? You bet — but the band does it with style."

With its Judas Priest-meets-Motorhead feel, Blazing Clash's "Princess Of Rock" is hardly the most original rock record you'll hear. Still, its heart is in the right place, and when singer Danielle Brusegan lets loose with a Halford-ian shriek, you'll have a smile on your face.

Lead guitarist Fabio Astro and bassist Alberto Lana do a good job of creating a thoroughly '80s vibe on "Back From The War" and "Made Up To Be A Monster," which are quite reminiscent of speedier Judas Priest tunes of that era. "Made Up To Be A Monster" is especially great in that regard.

The EP stumbles a bit with "The Hammer," which is a bit too dependent on gang vocals, but it does feature an excellent galloping guitar break from Astro.

The disc concludes with its best track, "Princess Of Rock," which, with its pulsing bass line and simple, speedy riff is quite reminiscent of Motorhead. The topic is, of course, the girl most metalhead men would like to meet at a show: "a girl forged by the gods" who is "rocking, looking really mad." Despite some lyrical weirdness at the end, the song moves at a great clip and definitely highlights the band's strengths.

Is Blazing Clash's "Princess Of Rock" basically a derivative affair, emulating Judas Priest, Motorhead and a bunch of other '80s metal acts? You bet — but the band does it with style.

Highs: "Princess Of Rock" and "Made Up To Be A Monster"

Lows: "The Hammer"

Bottom line: If you miss '80s metal, you'll enjoy this album.

Rated 3.0 out of 5 skulls
3.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)