Elm Street - Knock 'Em Out... With A Metal Fist

Elm Street - Knock 'Em Out... With A Metal Fist

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(CD, Massacre Records, 2016)

How one should deal with a record when it really sounds very good but still, nothing seems to get stuck spin after spin? And the second full length record, titled “Knock 'Em Out... With A Metal Fist”, by the Aussie lads of ELM STREET ended up under this category for me.

Opening “Face The Reaper” is a rather catchy piece which touches upon the melodic landscapes of ARCH ENEMY and IN FLAMES with a good doze of Classic Heavy Metal and a pinch of old school Thrash. Also, “Will It Take A Lifetime?” is very catchy and I bet it works perfectly live because the groove is great and there are cool melodies. Melodic “Heart Racer” is as classic as it gets with some MEGADETH spice when it comes to technicality and feeling in the riffs. Again, it’s a flawless performance. So, it’s beyond me why “Knock 'Em Out... With A Metal Fist” never got stuck with me. The elements of a good record are there, all songs have a good drive and there are decent melodies. But with the tonal and quite harsh vocals the variation between the songs isn’t too big, the hissing harsh type of vocals Ben Batres possesses sound good but it needs more variation to really stand out.

There’s one song that really stands out though although it is not the most representative for the record. I am talking about the album closer “Leave It All Behind” which is a ballad beautifully played with acoustic guitars in the background. Even if the vocals are rather raw, it really works. It’s somewhere between King Diamond’s dark voice, Chuck Billy and Dave Mustaine. It feels desperate and the nerve is there. If this type of emotion would have come with the rest of the songs, I think it would have gotten around better for me, been standing out towards other albums in the genre. Bands as LOST SOCIETY, HAVOK, SAVAGE MESSIAH manage to keep my interest up. But ELM STREET’s “Knock 'Em Out... With A Metal Fist” is absolutely not bad; looking at the details it’s perfection and absolutely flawless, it just needs a little more to stand out.





01. Face The Reaper
02. Kiss The Canvas
03. Will It Take A Lifetime?
04. Sabbath
05. Heavy Mental
06. Next In Line
07. Heart Racer
08. S.T.W.A.
09. Blood Diamond
10. Leave It All Behind


Ben Batres - Vocals, Rhythm Guitars
Aaron Adie - Lead Guitars
Nick Ivkovic - Bass
Tomislav Perkovic - Drums