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Halloween: Don't Metal With Evil

The re-issue of this classic metal album gives a whole new audience a chance to hear what we in Michigan have known for years. From the beginning, Halloween is a band that just rocks! This underground cult classic is a much sought after release by collectors of heavy metal. At least now you don't have to pay the outrageous cost on eBay for the original album.

Here's the opportunity to learn about one of the premier bands to come out of the Detroit heavy metal scene. For those already familiar with them, it is a chance to get reacquainted with a group that helped to make Michigan one of the rock and roll capitols of the United States.

They have always been a band to choose their own path. That is one of the reasons they stayed independent and never signed with a major label. To them, the music is the most important thing and they decided to follow the much harder road of self promotion and distribution instead of losing the integrity that fueled the band. This music is what the band wanted you to hear. Sure, it is raw and the does not have the benefits of a major studio, but it also doesn't have the tampering of outside hands either.

I heard it said how Halloween sounds like so many other bands out at the time. Well if the truth be told, it was really a matter of how many bands at the time sounded like Halloween. I can remember how putting the needle to the vinyl on this record would send chills up and down the spine. Brian's high pitched vocals and original guitarist Rick Craig churning out some of the most infectious riffs, this album was one that I truly wore out. With its spooky theme that takes you into the world of ghost, goblins and witches, it is a rock and roll excursion through a Saturday night spook show double feature. With the creaking doors, the eerie backwards lyrics and frightening stories, Don't Metal With Evil is to rock and roll what Elvira and Sir Graves Ghastly is to the horror movie genre. It is good campy fun with a solid background rooted in heavy metal.

Sounds of broken glass and a drum roll by Bill Whyte, followed by the bass thumping of legendary George Neal is the intro that greets you. By the time Rick Craig tears into the opening number Busted, you already know that this is going to be an excursion on the rock and roll express. When Brian Thomas wails "Let's Go" you are fully in headbanging mode! From this furious beginning it is a relentless onslaught of metal that takes you into every dark corner and makes you want to check under the bed before your feet hit the floor.

For any fan of heavy metal, this album is a real treat. For those that are interested in the history of rock and roll, this is an absolute must have. For anyone else, this is just great fun from start to finish. Known as Detroit's Heavy Metal Horror Show, Halloween is one of the bands that make you realize just how much fun this music is.

Track Listing:
1. Busted
2. Scared To Death
3. Justice For All
4. Trick Or Treat
5. The Wicked Witch
6. Don't Metal With Evil
7. What A Nice Place
8. Haunted
9. She's A Teazer
10. Tales From The Crypt
11. To Fight The Beast

Added: October 27th 2008
Reviewer: Scott Ward
Related Link: The Band's Website
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Language: english

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