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Galactic Cowboys


Progressive Metal

3.29 | 18 ratings

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3 stars Galactic Cowboys self-titled debut album was released in 1991. Considering the music it contains Iīm pretty surprised that I havenīt been introduced to this album before now. This is the kind of music I would probably have enjoyed greatly in the early nineties.

Galactic Cowboys donīt play progressive metal as I think of that genre. Which means that this is not Dream Theater, Queensrĸche or Fates Warning influenced in any way. The style is rather a mix of primarely traditional heavy metal and hard rock with a few hints to thrash metal. In addition to that, there are a few odd-ball moments here and there that makes this album a bit different from your usual metal album. Those moments are very few though and personally I donīt consider this to be progressive metal.

I hear influences from as different bands as Extreme, Anthrax ( the rare thrashy riffing sounds so much like the grovy thrash riffing that Anthrax is known for), GunsīnīRoses ( just listen to Monty Colvinīs vocals in My School), Waltari, Suicidal Tendencies, Ugly Kid Joe, Kingīs X and Faith No More. The music is generally very melodic and this is especially due to Monty Colvinīs very melodic vocal lines and his background choirs which by the way are very well done. Some of the songs are pretty good and Iīm enjoying Iīm Not Amused, My School, Kaptain Krude and the most thrashy song on the album Sea of Tranquility while Iīm having a hard time enjoying the suckery Someone for Everyone ( a bit too much like Extreme when they are most commercial and cheesy). Galactic Cowboys is the kind of band that is serious one minute and add odd-ball humour to their music the next and that kind of behaviour is pretty surely and aquired taste. Iīm biased about it if I have to be frank. I guess it depends on my mood.

The musicianship is good but the drumming could have been a bit more subtle. Itīs way too loud and clumsy in the quiet parts.

The production is exactly the kind of production that I associate with the early nineties and I like it. Again the biggest flaw is the drums though. They sound wrong in the mix somehow ( Maybe too loud).

Iīve listened a lot to this album and I generally enjoy it but it doesnīt really do that much for me. Overall itīs a pretty average album seen with todayīs eyes but Iīm sure that I would feel differently about it if I had purchased it back then. 3 stars is my rating. Fans of any of the above mentioned bands might get something out of this. I put it on, on occasion but it never gets two spins in a row.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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