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No, you haven’t stepped inside of a time warp. Instead, the dynamic Ohio duo Early Man brings 1982 to you, leaving no stone unturned. CLOSING IN is a raucous, raw, relentless heavy metal assault from start to finish, brandishing the monolithic riffs of heavies like Diamondhead and Iron Maiden with the sneer of Megadeth and the majesty of Ozzy pre-Sharon dictatorship. Retro to the bone, galloping guitar riffs are king on this 11-track fist pounder, as tracks like “Brain Sick” and “Thrill of the Kill” follow the keep it simple philosophy to a science without sounding dated or retarded. Raise your chalice and show your devil horns, metal children, the bastard spawn of Dio and Judas Priest has arrived.
- Mike SOS