Recent Reviews

July 2024

June 2024

May 2024

April 2024

March 2024

February 2024

[ More Music Reviews ]


Traveler: Prequel To Madness
Traveler - Prequel To Madness Album Art

Traveler: Prequel To Madness

Traditional Heavy/Speed Metal
4.0/5.0

The last we heard from Traveler was in Spring 2020 with their sophomore effort Termination Shock, just when the COVID shit hit the fan. Despite the impact of that pandemic, Traveler would drop a single in 2022, a cover of Diamond Head's The Prince. In that same year, Nolan Benedetti (Hrom) would replace Chad Valler on drums. The following year, Jake Axl Wendt, also from Hrom and Wych, would arrive on bass. Now the quintet drops their long-awaited third metal opus, Prequel To Madness, now on the No Remorse label.

Traveler - Click For Larger Image

Traveler

For the uninitiated, or those with short term memory loss, Traveler offers twin guitar driven traditional heavy speed metal, very much an inspiration of Eighties NWoBHM and its American interpretations. Distilling their sound a bit more, Traveler is fast and heavy from the gate with the finishing line the epic blistering solos. Over this, Jean-Pierre Abboud continues to offer his assertive, often raw vocals.


Essentially, the entire album is a horse race, or something like the Daytona 500. The starting instrumental, Mayday, sets the tone: one minute and fifteen seconds of galloping speed metal. Then Take The Wheel, Dark Skull, and The Law put the pedal to the metal. Then, when we get to the middle of the album, Rebels Of Earth turns more upon classic heavy metal, being anthemic and driven by rock groove. It was my favorite song here, if not simply for change of pacing. Call that tune a small respite as the second half of the album roars and rages with more traditional speed metal. To be honest, I listen to Traveler mostly for the thrilling guitar work, trying at the same time to ignore Abboud's voice (which is a distraction.

Nevertheless, for classic heavy speed metal Traveler delivers the goods with Prequel To Madness. The album is fast, heavy, and intense with an abundance of thrilling guitar solos. Recommended for fans of the genre.


CraigHartranft.net - New fiction, crime fiction by Craig Hartranft

Note: All Amazon advertising in this review first benefits the artist, then Craig Hartranft also receives a residual. Click, and thanks for your support.


The Take Away

For classic heavy speed metal Traveler delivers the goods with Prequel To Madness. The album is fast, heavy, and intense with an abundance of thrilling guitar solos. Recommended for fans of the genre.

Support the artist, click the link below to buy the album in your favorite format.

Purchase Traveler - Prequel To Madness at Amazon
Find A Review

Alphabetical Index

a b c d e f g h i j
k l m n o p q r s t
u v w x y z #
New & Notable
Read the Atlantic: Another World Album Review

We have to dig deep, three decades, to find the origins of Atlantic, a project of songwriter, musician, and producer Simon Harrison (then Stranger, Wisht). Initially thought to be a one-off recording, Harrison ... [ Read More ]

June 2024 Stats
  • Views: 14,784
  • Users: 3,794
  • New Users: 3,200
  • Event Count: 40,593
  • Source: Google Analytics