MOB RULES - TALES FROM BEYOND
Review by Sloof
I know this band already many years, as I bought their debut album “Savage Land” in 1999, because I liked the name of the band that refers to one of the best Black Sabbath albums. Through the years, a lot of lineup changes occurred, but guitar player Matthias Mineur and vocalist Klaus Dirks are the remaining original members. Both are responsible for the typical Mob Rules sound, and their melodic Power Metal will appeal to a lot of Heavy Metal fans around the world. Mob Rules is an authority on great vocals and superb solos, and on this new album, they surpassed all previous releases. It took 4 years since the previous album “Cannibal Nation” was released, and that long absence results in a new album that contains beautiful songs only! Perhaps, it’s all because the new output contains heavier and faster material, or is it because the vocals are perfectly in balance with the structure of the songs, but I simply love “Tales From Beyond” from start to finish.
For some people it’s important that the lyrics of the songs have an extra value. Well, Mob Rules delivers a perfect answer to them! On the infosheet, there is a nice story, so I’m going to quote the band, as it might be interesting to know what the songs are all about: ’Dykemaster`s Tale` is based on ´The Rider on the White Horse` by German writer Theodor Storm, a novella set in northern Germany not far from the band’s base. The song ´Somerled` is about a historic character from 1140, half Scotsman, half Viking, who was evicted from his home region of Argyll, went on to reconquer it and eventually made peace with the Vikings by marrying the King’s daughter and uniting after two victorious naval battles the occupied Scottish isles under the name of “Kingdom Of The Isles”. ´Dust Of Vengeance` sees Mob Rules apply themselves to another chapter of northern German history, this time the Oldenburg author Florian Gerlach’s ´Smogger Trilogy` about the sinister thoughts we all occasionally have but never act out. And last but not least: with the three-part title track ´A Tale From Beyond` inspired by Andy Weir’s bestseller ´The Martian`, which was made into a movie in 2015, Mob Rules present a rather free interpretation of the subject matter with lots of personal references.”
Musical wise, we can only conclude that it’s even more interesting: ‘Dykemaster’s Tale’ opens very atmospheric but that’s only to guide you into the right move. When the song bursts out, you will hear exuberant and skittish musicians that succeed to lift this song into a higher region. The vocals of Klaus Dirks are modern, but at the same time, they have a Bruce Dickinson timbre, with only one difference: Klaus is more mature and sounds better. He has a wider range and succeeds in the lower regions as well. I’m not saying that Bruce isn’t a good vocalist, but Klaus surpasses on every level!
The second track opens with some bagpipes, referring to the story of the half Scotsman, but turns into a modern Heavy Metal monster. ‘Somerled’ contains all necessary elements to get this band on the right track to a future that will be glorious! There are real highlights and they all have a certain domain or property. For example ‘On The Edge’ has a chorus line that lingers on for days, and this song is still growing after many spins. I’m sure that this track will turn out to become a Mob Rules classic tune!
Sometimes it’s aggressive, sometimes it’s melodic, but always in balance with the arrangement. When certain violent accents are needed, they are added to the song, when certain emphases are demanded, they will occur as well. Everything is so well dosed, so well prepared, that the songs result in a coherent vibe, in a style that only few are capable off!
The band is preparing to go on tour with Axel Rudi Pell , and fortunately, they are coming to Belgium as well. Mark the date: April 9th. at one of the coziest clubs in our country: Biebob, Vosselaar. For now, we have to settle with this new album, and I’m sure that I’m going to listen to it many, many times to come! Additional info via Mob Rules' Official Homepage at: http://www.mobrules.de/
My rating: 87 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish