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Fight

A Small Deadly Space

Review by Gary Hill

Much of this album is pure metal, however there are sections that show much progressive influences. Rob Halford`s vocal work here is based in the lower end of the register, rather than showing the high end pyrotechnics that he exhibited in Judas Priest. The track In A World of My Own Making is a very wonderful piece of music with solid progressive leanings. The musicians on the album are Brian Tilse, Jay Jay, Mark Chaussee, Scott Travis and Rob Halford.

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Track by Track Review
I Am Alive
A very hard rocking metallic verse gives way to a quite melodic chorus. This song combines straightforward metal sounds with prog-metal and alternative modes (in the mode of such bands as Alice in Chains).
Mouthpiece
This fast, straight-ahead metal cut is fairly quirky at times.
Legacy of Hate
Legacy of Hate is a fairly straight-ahead metal number with Priest leanings. The lyrics point up the cycle in which hatreds are passed from parents to children.
Blow Out in the Radio Room
A straight-ahead rock and roll intro leads to an intriguing modern alterna-metal song structure. The guitar solo is in a more traditional metal mode.
Never Again
Never Again is more solid metal, again a bit Priestish.
Small Deadly Space
This is another number that is set in the straight-ahead metal approach. The leanings here are also rather Judas Priestish.
Gretna Greene
Much as the previous two tunes, this track shows Priest influences in a solid heavy metal format.
Beneath the Violence
This thrashish metal track is a solid cut.
Human Crate
A pretty, picked segment begins the number, and a gradual build up brings the piece into more traditional metal territory. It is a bit Sabbathesque. Much of the arrangement to this number is quite intriguing.
In A World of My Own Making
Very darkly beautiful piano and vocal strains begin this piece, the most interesting one on the album. The intensity gradually grows before moving into a slow (and very emotional) metal mode. This piece has the texture of the most creative of vintage Judas Priest, but more up-to date. The piano based segment returns, eventually, bringing a dramatic slowing.
Hidden Track
This is a very aggressive metal piece, that is hidden in the space after In A World of My Own Making.
 
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