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Andi Deris & The Bad Bankers - Million Dollar Haircuts On Ten Cent Heads

Label: EarMusic
Format: CD download
Released: 2013
Reviewed By: Mark Gromen
Rating: 5/ 10


Full points for the title, but that’s not why we’re here. Solo project from Helloween singer, with politically charged lyrics directed at global economic corruption, although don’t know too many bands that would release a song called ‘Cock’, let alone, open the album with such a profane number! These eleven songs (43 minutes) bear little resemblance to Deris’ “day job” (not that it should), although most Weenie fans will probably be caught off guard with the modern/ electro/ industrialized feel to that lead track. No power metal, although the ballad ‘Blind’ and ’Last Days Of Rain’ (which sounds like a “Better Than Raw” era outtake) come closest.

 

The ‘I Sing Myself Away’ finale closes things out acoustically. As far off base as Dickinson’s initial foray outside Iron Maiden (“Balls To Picasso”). Some might see this as an investigation of stepping away from Helloween, especially with their former singer, Michael Kiske, seemingly back in the rock arena, but like that Dickinson debut, it only proves Deris is best served remaining where he is. Beware.

 
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