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Mob Rules – Ethnolution A.D.

Label: SPV USA
Format: CD
Released: 2007
Reviewed By: Rich Catino


From Germany, Mob Rules I consider to be part of the B list or second tier of power metallers along with fellow countrymen Freedom Call, Axxis, Iron Savior and Metallium, in that their sound and style is directly influenced from A listers and originators like Helloween and Gamma Ray to even the latter Edguy where I can say Mob Rules have a lot in common with. An influence of the Finnish sound originated by Stratovarius (copied later by Sonata Arctica) in a song like ‘Day in a Lifetime’ is also present in their music.

 

Big triumphant keyboards lead and back each track, guitars mostly follow the keyboards melody, and melodic vocals are the basis of each song with attention to the chorus like 'Unholy War' and 'Ashes to Ashes'.

Mob Rules do separate themselves from the pack in that they do not solely focus on the fast double based arrangements that the Euro metal style is known for, actually they rarely do it.

"Ethnolution" is their fifth release and offers more mid paced beats like heard on the lead off title track, which is divided into six parts, and not so much of the twin guitar harmonies that many of their peers are known for. They go for more straight forward arrangements than many from the genre.

 
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