MAD HATTER “Pieces Of Reality’

MAD HATTER
“Pieces Of Reality’
(Art Gates Records)

Battle Helm Rating

Ever since I was made aware of the Mad Hatter in Batman the name has stuck with me. I cannot say the same for this Swedish band. This is apparently their second album but the first I get to hear from them. Musically this is power metal. And since I really like power metal I have only great expectations for this one. I really, really like early Helloween and wasn’t too impressed with the Michael Kiske albums to start with. But now I am a total devotee. When I listen to this album from MAD HATTER I get strong “keeper Of The Seven Keys” vibes. To me those albums are the foundations of what modern German power metal is all about. Blind Guardian has to excuse me. To be honest I don’t know if there ever has been a Swedish power metal sound. And if there has/is then I am apparently not familiar with it. This album from MAD HATTER is one of these albums that at first seem to be rather dull and mediocre but with time grows on you. So much that you in the end sit there and sing along to it. Anders Ekdahl

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