Genre: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
Label: High Roller Records
Screamer’s trip to the top and to recognition was rather too quick. From the 2009 Never Going Down demo to their debut full length via a strong label and the participation on big festivals was way too quick I would say. In less than 2 years the band was the talk of the town and many believed that we were dealing with another Enforcer-like band. In 2011, when they released their debut album “Adrenaline Distractions” for High Roller Records, as the record received positive reviews from all over the world, everything seemed to be going excellent for the Swedes. Unfortunately their sophomore full length “Phoenix” wasn’t as good as most people (including me) were expecting. It wasn’t bad or weak. But we wanted more. More adrenaline explosion, more hits, more energy. Now on this 3rd album, that everyone is talking about how difficult and important is for a band’s career, time was the healer. Two new guys, singer Andreas Wikström (originally hailing from Umeå in the far north of Sweden) and bassist Fredrik Svensson Carlström (from Falköping), have entered the Screamer fold bringing fresh air to the band. “Hell Machine” reveals a more focused band, a mature side of Screamer without losing any element from those that characterized their personality.
Almost 5 years was enough time to get their mind together and write some old school Hard ‘n Heavy with a hint of N.W.O.B.H.M. aura tracks that flirt with the term “hit”. From the very first song the album is “on red” while the A’ side is definitely full of hit singles wannabes. But surely “Alive”, “On My Way”, “Hell Machine” and “Lady of the Night” are made for live set lists. The B’ Side starts with the great song “Warrior” were the band shows its skills, knowing that they can write a powerful song not only based on speed. All 8 songs are nice compositions, well worked with good verses and choruses. The production is clean with a warm, natural sound. Still there’s a clear absence of the great hit that would boost Screamer to a higher level as “Monte Carlo Nights” can’t do this despite its quality and how entertaining it sounds. They are on the right way but their next album is the one that will set them on top or it would keep them on the ground. Until then “Hell Machine” seems a really nice choice to spend your money on.