May 19, 2017 – Originally posted May 17th, 2017. Doug McIntosh of the Melodic Mafia wrote, “What do Metallica’s ‘Master Of Puppets’, Dokken’s ‘Tooth And Nail’, Kane Roberts’ ‘Saints And Sinners’, Skid Row’s debut and follow up ‘Slave To The Grind’, Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘No More Tears’, and Mötley Crüe’s ‘Too Fast For Love’ have in common? Besides being iconic hard rock releases, they were all mixed by Accept’s very first guitarist. Still stumped? We are talking none other than legendary 80’s hard rock producer Michael Wagener, who just happens to have mixed this album as well, which can only mean that it sounds incredible and as an album, is incredible.
Michael doesn’t just work with anyone, so you know these guys have the goods if he is involved. This release is a fantastic slice of a band who has digested the best of the genre, learned from it, and made a great hard rocking album that could stand amongst legends and not be left behind. This is the type of band you want to go see in an large arena and have one of those fantastic concerts that you will remember and talk about for a lifetime. The album starts off full throttle and continues with a hard rocking pummeling throughout that you just want to blast with the top down cruising the Friday night circuit (remember those days?). Everything is top notch here – vocals, guitar, bass, and drums. What I especially like is how you hear and feel the bass and drums which really drive each song forward. Easily an album you won’t want to skip any tracks on.”
Note: The band would like to thank Doug for the wonderful and unsolicited review of their album. Doug has no prior relationship to the Apocalyptic Lovers nor has he ever met anyone in the band before. This review was posted not only because it was well written, but it was a persons unedited, genuine opinion of an album of work.
Doug stated that he listened to the album on a streaming service and then purchased the bands physical CD on Amazon. Once he received his order, Doug listened to the album more and posted his thoughts via his facebook page. Many times bands will solicit various music websites, podcasts & magazines for reviews to aid in getting the word out regarding their release. In this case, someone used a streaming service for what it is meant for (finding & sampling new music) and actually bought an entire album because he enjoyed the product. Cheers Doug!