I was first introduced to the band Kissin’ Dynamite, when Brian Basher played a track off of the band’s 2008 debut, Steel of Swabia on Hard Rock Hideout Radio. I liked the song I heard, but never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that the band’s new album, Addicted to Metal would be THIS good!
Addicted to Metal starts off with the kick ass title track, that features former Accept front man Udo Dirkschneider. If the band was trying to make a statement, with an opening song, this was the way to do it. This is a great song that has already gotten quite a bit of airplay on Hard Rock Hideout Radio.
The opening riffs of “Run For Your Life” reminds me a lot of Whitesnake. This song is extremely catchy, and is the first song that Johannes Braun truly made an impression on me. This guy is one hell of a singer.
“Supersonic Killer” is a rifftastic rocker that is going to appeal to a lot of metal heads. When Johannes Braun cuts loose with the metal screams on “Supersonic Killer” he sounds like a young Don Dokken. Ande Braun and Jim Müller cut loose with some killer riffs.
‘High Enough” is a kick ass cover of the Damn Yankees tune. Johannes Braun does a great job on the vocals, and the band does a pretty good job putting their spin on the song.
“Hysteria” is an interesting tune. Braun’s bombastic vocals on this song push it towards the power metal side of the fence, and yet, the band pulls the reigns in to keep it on the hard rock/ metal side of the fence. The opening of this song reminds me of Foreigner’s “Juke Box Hero”, but it becomes something completely different. Check it out in the clip below.
Just when you think Kissin’ Dynamite is going to slow it down, they pull out another killer tune with “In the Name of the Iron Fist”. The song starts off slow, and builds into a killer power metal tune that would make Gamma Ray or Primal Fear proud! Great stuff.
Sooner or later, I knew a ballad would show up on this CD. I didn’t expect one as good as “Why Can’t You Hear Me” would be on here. This song is an arena ready tune, with massive hit potential.
Overall, I am very impressed with Addicted to Metal. I wouldn’t expect a young band like Kissin’ Dynamite to put out such a quality release. Addicted to Metal is going to turn a lot of heads, and surprise the hell out of a lot of metalheads out there. Germany has another fine band on their hands!
There is no official release date in the U.S. for Addicted to Metal as of yet, but you can score a copy of this CD at this link.
For more information on Kissin’ Dynamite, check out the band’s myspace page. Don’t miss out on Addicted to Metal!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Addicted To Metal
2. Run For Your Life
3. Supersonic Killer
4. High Enough
5. Love Me Hate Me
7. All Against All
8. In the Name of the Iron Fist
9. Assassins of Love
10. Why Can’t You Hear Me
11. We Want More
12. Metal Nation
Kissin’ Dynamite is:
Johannes Braun – Vocals
Ande Braun – Guitar
Andreas Schnitzer – Drums
Jim Müller – Guitar
Steffen Haile – Bass