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The Spirit Of The West
(System Shock)

Oh dear - I don't know whether I should be liable of such a review actually. MASTER are a living classic, and this cannot be ignored because it is a fact. The act has been active since the beginning of the 80s - and they are still around. I must say that I do not consider myself a big MASTER fan. I have all their releases at home, and I bought these when they were actually released. BUT I never really liked them to be honest - nevertheless I am very much aware of their important role in the Death Metal scene and beyond. The only song I really liked was 'Cut Through The Filth' which was exclusively done for the second "Death Is Just The Beginning" sampler in the 90s. Anyway - "The Spirit Of The West" is the new album. The production is cool... I like the rawness, the old school spirit. The bass-guitar sounds great as well - like a fucking punch. All the components are great sound-wise. The only thing that irritated me are the drums that are a bit untight every once in a while. The music? Hmmmm - it is typically MASTER. Very straight, simple and primitive. Paul yells out and complains about shit he feels pissed off by. Basically the songs are rather mid-paced, heavy and sort of crusty if you know what I mean. 'The Gold Mine' starts off with a sequence that reminds me of PANTERA concerning its groove and at the end of this record you will find a cover-version of a Johnny Cash classic: 'Ring Of Fire' with some funny original samples like trumpets and the master himself (I guess). The concept of this effort deals with the emotions, motivations, interests prevalent during the adventurous times of the American colonization. This contents-related concept is sort of shallow of course... glorifying the good ol' days, pistols, whiskey and coyotes as the title track states. This is naive and superficial, of course... but you don't purchase a MASTER CD in order to learn something valuable and critical about American history, do you?! The booklet looks funny as well - everything corresponds to an old-fashioned Western concept. I rather have a laugh about such things - but there we go, this is MASTER we are talking about. This record doesn't touch me at all to be honest, I think it will join the other releases in my cupboard, keeping them company. On the whole this record sounds solid to me, good production, the musicianship is bearable as well - but I am convinced that MASTER is one of the numerous bands that live on the basis of their past significance in the scene. That's why they are taken heeds of nowadays. MASTER do not impress me one bit emotionally, musically, lyrically... that is a... personal... fact. But - of course - due to their activities so far in the scene they are a relevant and integral part of the underground. Still - this doesn't make up for releases that simply are boring and mediocre - sorry about that, Frank... (hey, no need to excuse here Mr. Cthulhu - tastes are different! I just wonder why you actually own all of the MASTER releases if you don't like them and why you even were interested in reviewing this new one then... - Frank) (Well, chief ... I was keen to review this one because, as mentioned in the review, MASTER are an integral part of the scene and I will always buy their CDs because they are a part of my musical socialization so to speak. It is a bit like a tragedy really - since I heard 'Cut Through The Filth' I was curious whether MASTER would do something comparable again - but they never did, which is sad. - F.Cthulhu E.).

F. Cthulhu E.

More MASTER reviews:
Collection Of Souls - by Nat Shapiro
Four More Years Of Terror - by Frank Stöver
Four More Years Of Terror - by Leonard Likas
Let's Start A War - by Edouard Vergriete
Master (+ DVD) - by Frank Stöver
On The Seventh Day God Created... Master (+ DVD) - by Frank Stöver
Slaves To Society - by Manolis A.
Slaves To Society - by Anders Peter Jřrgensen
The New Elite - by Mindaugas "Plix" Lapinskas
The Spirit Of The West - by Angelica Jannone
The Witchhunt - by Mindaugas 'Plix' Lapinskas
Unknown Soldier: Unreleased 1985 Album - by Anders Peter Jřrgensen
Unreleased 1985 Album - by Laurent Ramadier

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