$ilverdollar – Morte

September 21, 2011 in Reviews by SpaceKev


It is extremely appropriate, even a little cliche, for metal bands to have some sort of dramatic opening to their albums. What would you think if the album opened with a lecture from Al Gore about global warming? Kinda breaks the stereotype and makes ya think and feel a little self-conscious. Drat!

“Morte” is the second release from Swedish heavy metallers $ilverdollar. $ilverdollar, a name that doesn’t seem quite appropriate for a band out of Sweden, plays straight-forward metal, incorporating elements of late 80’s Adrian Smith penned Iron Maiden songs, the thrashy side of Sebastian Bach-era Skid Row, and the prog-power touches of Cloudscape.

All of the music on “Morte” has a nice familiar sound and feel to it, especially if you have been around for a while like me. The vocals are strong and ballsy, the guitar solos are melodically tasty, and the bass drum lays down a solid foundation. When it comes to the songs, while they have a familiar sound and feel, there are some standouts. “Hear Me” has a very cool off-kilter rhythm section during the guitar solo that I like, and “Evil Never Sleeps” is a very accessible tune for a wide audience. The title track, “Morte”, has a nice, slow, and Egyptian/Middle-Eastern feel to it.

You don’t have to be old as dirt like me to enjoy $ilverdollar. There is enough of a modern vibe on here to appeal to people who lack a connection to the music of a decade and a half ago. Also, if you are looking for “new old” music but are afraid to venture into territory that you might be unfamiliar with, $ilverdollar and their release “Morte” could be just right for you.

Live Long and Rock Hard,


SpaceKev’s Rating: 3.75 out of 5