Signs Preyer - III - Reviewed By Powermetal ! Check it out here at this link: https://www.powermetal.de/review/review-Signs_Preyer/III,39952.html
The greatest art and music is often created in dark times, because grief, anger and despair open all emotional channels, which is then also noticeable in the resulting songs. In this respect, the signs for "III" by the Italians SIGNS PREYER are quite good, because the trio describes the appropriately titled third album in the band's history as a reaction to the departure of long-time guitarist Eric, who surprisingly left the band after ten years together. In the best "Now more than ever" mentality, the boys decided not to find a replacement after the painful separation and decided without further ado to simply continue as a threesome and to show the colleague who had left that it was possible to do without him.
But not only the history of the origin of the new long-turning film is exciting, the album recordings themselves are practically a novelty these days. So all the basic tracks were recorded live in the studio and only later supplemented by isolated overdubs and the separately recorded vocals. And it is precisely this almost extinct approach that gives the ten songs their very own vibe and, with the associated roughness, fits perfectly with the band's sound, which sorts itself somewhere between BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, BLACK STONE CHERRY and Stoner Rock.
Unfortunately, the music can't keep up with the innovative approach of the recordings, because when it comes to songwriting, the Italians only offer solid, but also terribly predictable Southern Hard Rock, which basically stays in the mid-tempo and rarely really makes you sit up and take notice. For example, 'Freedom' has a strong hook line with fine polyphonic vocals in the chorus and 'Grown And Drowned' scores with some interesting riffs in the guitar sector, but both numbers remain only solid genre fare. The same applies to a large extent to the rest of the record, which rocks solidly for the most part. So the instrumental 'Hey Man' with its interesting use of strings and fine guitar leads remains the biggest surprise on the track list, which says a lot.
Without the same and with the well-known schema-F in songwriting, "III" is all in all just a collection of solid southern rockers that will probably hardly lure anyone out of the oven. On the other hand, the Italians should definitely make a good impression on stage, because the impeccable technical implementation of this record, which was primarily recorded live, gives an idea of some potential, but this can't really be adequately captured on tape. - Powermetal
Release Date: 12-11-2022
FFO: Black Label Society, Pantera, Red Fang, Monster Truck
Signs Preyer's "III", was born after Eric (second guitarist) left the band after 10 years of activity. The Signs Preyer then from a quartet becomes a trio. As soon as Eric left the band, perhaps transported by the sense of revenge or to make up for the pain, the trio immediately produced 5 unreleased songs. They brought live a couple of these, joining them to a rearrangement of the old songs of the other 2 albums, given the lack of a guitar than before. The feedback of the new trio line-up seemed to be even more welcome than the previous quartet and hundreds of congratulations from the audience encouraged the band, always very close to his fans. The other 5 tracks were not long in coming, but unfortunately, the Covid 19 slowed the process of realization moving the release to 12 November 2022. Another factor that slowed down production was that Signs Preyer wanted a record that was as authentic as possible and so they decided to record it live, except for the vocals, solos and some reinforcement. But the heart of the album is undoubted that it was recorded live, so at a minimum and tiny error of a single component, the song had to be played again. In this album, they tried to get out of all the schemes they had previously explored, trying to give rise to a new sound of the new line-up.
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