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Artist: Bakken
Title: This Means War
Genre: Power Metal / Thrash Metal
Release Date: 20th March 2020
Label: self-released


Review Flash

Northern Ireland, Belfast is not the most common place to forge classic steel one would guess but wrong! BAKKEN is the second band from Belfast I get to review and just like CONJURING FATE they play a very old-school kinda Metal. The five-piece band is around since 2011 and has already managed to release five singles, an EP and two LPs. The melodies are catchy, the riffs are fast as fuck and Frank Levi’s vocals are reminding me a bit of VISIGOTH’s Jake Rogers (tone, timbre, phrasing). Style-wise the band sounds very like a 90s US Metal band, constantly on the border between Power Metal and Thrash (sometimes with NWOBHM remembrance riffs). The only point to criticize from my point of view is the cover, but bad cover art is often an indicator for good, earnest Metal.

Conclusion: If you like bands like VISIOGOTH or CONJURING fate you should check out BAKKEN, song recommendation: ‘Storm Angels’!

Rating: 7 / 10




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