"Addicted To Metal"

By Dr. Abner Mality

It's a fact: classic metal is on the rise and Germany's Kissin' Dynamite is trying to ride that tiger into the 21st century. Cliches are something to be respected in metal and even admired, but you have to have something of yourself in them or else they just wind up being half-baked rehash of past triumphs. That's where these guys are at.

"Addicted To Metal" gets off to a great start with the anthemic title track, a mid-paced pounder with, yes, addictive riffing and no less than Udo Dirkschneider joining in on that infectious chorus. A good beginning, and the album also ends well with the similar track "Metal Nation". Unfortunately, those two tracks sandwich some fairly average material that seems like a cross between harder 80's hair metal and the poppier side of power metal. Kissin' Dynamite's influences couldn't be more obvious if they were tattooed on the inside of your eyelids. "Run For Your Life" is sub-Scorpions stuff, "We Want More" is Helloweeny to the max and the obnoxious hair ballad "Why Can't You Hear Me?" had me looking for the Bon Jovi/ Doc McGhee writing credits. Songs like this have to be really, REALLY well done and emotional to work and this doesn't fit the bill.

The band is very young and have their hearts in the right place, but they've got to put their own stamp on their music or they'll just be a glorified cover band doing originals in name only.