Heavy metal has gone through a long line of evolutionary steps throughout the decades of existence. Starting of with the likes of Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Judas Priest we have come to endless crossbreeds between musical genres and different ranks of íheavyí. Every now and then some band of geezers put their hairy backs and mullets together and make a salute to the concrete foundation of heavy metal.

Drop Forge is one of these cases, save the hairy backs (I hope), taking metal music back to itís basics. The musicians perform well together, playing music from their youth, avoiding unnecessary gimmicks and just making the music flow while having a blast. In this you find the bands strength and itís weakness. You can actually feel they are having the time of their life, the music is effortless and easy on the ears, but at the same time the sense of danger is amiss and the songs function as rather predictable pastiches of itís paragons. The vocalist is a slight kick in the sack, as you await the high-pitched metal voice to complement this type of music, but what you actually get is the bastard of Ozzy and Lemmy which takes some getting used to. On many levels the vocal sound functions both as an distinctive detail, but it may also be the reason some listeners shun from Drop Forge.

All in all the palette is well in hand and the band knows how to use the colours at use, but for me they could grab a fist full of courage and truly be the Neurogeezers they set out to be.

6Ĺ / 10