Mob Rules – “Cannibal Nation”

Mob Rules – “Cannibal Nation” (AFM Records)

Despite having such an aggressive name, Germany’s Mob Rules are surprisingly melodic! They’ve been going since the mid 90s and having seen them at festivals I swear they were more power metal then? However, “Cannibal Nation” is more melodic prog metalized rock – from Klaus Dirks’s throat strained rock out vox to Jan Christian Halfbrodt’s hammond keyboards and the smooth, harmonious guitars of Matthias Mineur and Sven Lüdke. Still, the uplifting tempo and epic atmosphere of songs like ‘Lost’, ‘Ice & Fire’ (inspired by the story of the abducted Colombian politician Íngrid Betancourt) and ‘Scream For The Sun’ (lyrically dealing with the first ascent of Mount Everest) are truly breathtaking, reflecting both mental poignancy and musical potency. It’s actually pretty shocking given how good these guys sound that they aren’t superstars – although they are hailed globally as a cult band – so more power to them man, they really are awesome so what’s in a name?

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