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Betzefer: Freedom To The Slave Makers

After listening to this disc it is obvious that bands like Pantera and Sepultura must be very popular in Israel. The band Betzefer who call The Holy Land their home take their music into the dimension of groove/thrash style that both the bands mentioned helped forge.

Let's get it straight from the beginning. This album is not going to set the world on fire but that doesn't mean it isn't a whole lot of fun. Tried and true riffs are called that since they have worked before, which means that according to Betzefer, they should work again. For the most part they're right as you will have a sense of hearing much of this record's musical style before. Betzefer do add their own twist and turns to it and the results are very listenable.

They kick off the album with a blast straight out of the old school of thrash higher learning called "Bestseller". It is the type of song that is most benefited by Avital Tamir's gravely vocal delivery. The band overall is at their best when putting a bit of groove into their sound like on my favorite off the disc "Feels So Right".

The other hot spot on this album has to be "Doomsday" with it's built in audience participation chorus. This one also has a bit of the Pantera type groove but also has Tamir setting up the live show when he gets to the lyrics where he yells Dooms followed by what sounds like a huge crowd retorting the last half of the title.

The rest of the disc is pretty much what I would have to call run-of-the mill metal. Nothing bad but just nothing to get excited about. This comes as quite a disappointment as it has been six years since their last release. If this is the best they can come up with after that length of time I can't see them improving in my lifetime.

Track listing:

1. Bestseller
2. Backstage Blues
3. Feels So Right
4. Diamond Director
5. Nothing But Opinions
6. Empty Magazine
7. Doomsday
8. Perfect Lie
9. Song For The Alcoholic
10. Heaven Sent

Added: May 8th 2011
Reviewer: Scott Ward
Related Link: Band's Facebook Page
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Language: english

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