(8/10) Swedish Beagle-Boys Märvel comes with in in-between EP called "The Hills Have Eyes". One and a half years after "Hadal Zone Express" the trio releses 6 new songs that have been produced by Fred Estby in the Gutterview Recorders studio.
The mini LP starts with the Thin Lizzy-like opener "Back In The Saddle" that is build on a melody that sticks to your mind as a wet spaghetti to the wall. A cool beginning with the downer of fading out at the end. "One Shining Moment" is changing gears. The tune is faster than the opener and has a great riff.
Time for the title track. This is a swinging musical piece that has a certain folk expression. This number is highly entertaining and you can join whistling the melody already the first time you listening to it. ""Goodbye, Shalom!" is a good classic rock song - a bit weaker than the other tracks but fortunately a great cover version follows. "L.O.V.E. Machine", one of W.A.S.P.'s hits, is next. Märvel creates a totally new rocker out of this metal milestone. The original version is recognisable, but Märvel adds a strong 70's touch to it that works very well. Also this 'wasp' bits.
"Bring it on" is the last song on this EP. What starts as a ballad becomes a weird riff rocker with a cool groove. Maybe it's not the easiest song to get into, but it slowly develops overtime.
"The Hills Have Eyes" is a good mini album to bridge the time till we can welcome the next full-length longplayer. Check it out.
- Back In The Saddle
- One Shining Moment
- The Hills Have Eyes
- Goodbye, Shalom!
- L.O.V.E. Machine
- Bring it on
Label: Killer Cobra
Release Date EU: September 18th, 2015