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An album for us old fogies to help get down with the kids.

When it comes to rock music, one normally associates Switzerland with the likes of Krokus, Gotthard and Shakra. Steeld are a young Swiss band and it comes as something of a surprise to find out that their style is distinctly ‘nu-metal’. Starting out as a group of friends the band have been together for around 10 years and were formed by drummer Davide Cantoni, bass player Ugo Greco and singer Andrea Luca Aeni, concentrating initially on playing covers at local concerts. In February 2009 they released an EP called 'Shout' but decided they could achieve more and reach a greater audience by recording more of their own songs.

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‘Welcome To Reality’ is the debut full-length album and features Daniel Neuhaus's cutting guitars, DJ Mathias Widmer's scratching, electronic textures and fills and some spoken rap vocals influenced by the likes of Papa Roach, Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park. In fact a number of songs, especially 'You', ‘Trip Of Your Lifetime’ and the album’s title track, could have come from Linkin Park’s ‘Hybrid Theory’ or ‘Meteora’ releases and vocalist Aerni sounds uncannily like Chester Bennington and Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst at times. It is a low budget affair but with some good production values courtesy of Dave Snow and a set of songs that impact a lot more than I expected them to do after the first spin. My main criticism would be that there is no real variation in style and if you've no time for any of the bands mentioned earlier then you will struggle with this.

Lacking originality I know and not something I could return to on a regular basis; but well executed nonetheless and I promise you I’ve heard a lot worse. An album for us old fogies to help get down with the kids.

Dave Bott

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