Alien Force – “Hell And High Water” (1985)

Alien ForceThat spooky guy on the cover looks like something from a Scooby-Doo cartoon.  In 1985, heavy metal was progressively getting heavier, louder, and faster.  But the Danish band Alien Force just didn’t seem to give a rat’s ass about that.  Sticking with simple, driving rhythms and a lean guitar sound, Alien Force were not afraid to let their songs breathe a little.  The result is a likeable collection of crisp tunes bolstered by rock solid production.  None of the nine songs on Hell And High Water are mind-blowing, but all are very well done.  This is one of those albums that you can just push play and enjoy.  To me, there’s a certain charm factor to these early to mid-eighties Scandinavian metal albums.  I think it comes from equal parts confidence and cluelessness on the bands’ behalf.  Hell And High Water was originally released (in very small quantities) by Taleag Records of Denmark.  As a result, this album became somewhat of an endangered species for a very long time.  Thankfully, the good folks at Karthago Records had the presence of mind to re-issue this little nugget on CD in 2003.  My score: B

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