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Amulance – The Rage Within… The Aftermath

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Last Updated on 09:02 AM by Nikos Nakos

Genre: Heavy Metal/Speed/Thrash
Country: U.S.A.
Label: Lost Realm Records
Year: 2023

I wrote a couple of years an article about Znowhite and I realized that Illinois was a rather poor state for giving birth to Heavy Metal bands, but unfortunately I hadn’t mentioned a really strong name that comes from this land as Amulance may not be so famous or recognizable to the masses still whoever had the chance to hear any of their works in the end became a true devotee of their music. After all those who know knows that Amulance’s full length “Feel The Pain” (1989) is definitely one of the most beloved albums by US Metal fanatics.  

Before 7 years StormSpell Records re-released their first demo (in addition of some unreleased songs). Now Lost Realm Records comes and makes it even charmer suggestion as it reissues this 2 demo collection with new artwork cover, more extras and above all on vinyl too for the very first time. I can’t think any better way to discover such a brilliant yet unknown to many band. 

Ambulance which their lineup features singer Rik Baez, guitarist Bob Luman, bassist Thom Braddish, guitarist Vince Varriale and drummer Eric Wedow, has this N.W.O.B.H.M. on 45rpm pattern that makes them approachable to fans from Iron Maiden to Metallica and everything in between. Melodic when needed and definitely Thrash is totally guitar driven with top notch riffs accompanied with high pitched 80’s Metal vocals from Rick Baez (so many Dickinson vibes in his voices indeed) making a Judas Priest meets Megadeth mixture that seems so catchy for every metal head. Actually his voice range is quite wide and can find some songs closer to Speed/Power and others being 100% Thrash without losing any its quality. There are moments that Amulance will bring you in mind Helloween and some others Attacker or Liege Lord. Something that makes sense why fans of Queensryche, Realm, Lethal, Screamer, Savage Grace and Iced Earth love or will love them.

As I mentioned before “The Rage Within And The Aftermath” features also demo recordings present on “The Rage Within” (1987), “The Aftertmath” (1988/1989) and some unreleased songs, and comes with a well-cared booklet with comments about every song and how they wrote it and a lot of photos too. The opening “Black Moon Rising” and “Witch’s Son” both have a Mercyful Fate feeling, “7th Son” will be loved by US Power and Speed fans while every chorus here in every song are damn catchy and memorable and the riffs upon fast riffs crescendo create a technical and effective result with “Living on the Run”, the ultra-technical “Monsters”, “Daughter’s Hell” and the Anthrax like “Body Hunter” being stand out. 

Giorgos Tsekas
Giorgos Tsekas
"Κάποτε Όταν Θα ‘χουμε Καιρό... Θα Σκεφτούμε Πάνω Στις Ιδέες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Στοχαστών, Θα Θαυμάσουμε Τους Πίνακες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Ζωγράφων, Θα Γελάσουμε Με Όλους Τους Χωρατατζήδες, Θα Φλερτάρουμε Όλες Τις Γυναίκες, Θα Διδάξουμε Όλους Τους Ανθρώπους" Μπ. Μπρεχτ

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