JACKAL – Cry of the Jackal
A re-release of this Dutch heavy metal band’s 1989 album, "Cry of the Jackal" in its newest form contains 5 bonus demo tracks from their second demo of 1987 (2 tracks) and a 1991 demo shortly released before their demise. This re-mastered version exists in vinyl format as a limited edition to 250 copies- and should be a historical document for those into pure heavy metal with occasional double bass runs, dual riff runs, and slightly off kilter melodic vocals from Erwin Siereveld.
Having not heard this band in the first go around, it’s nice to remember heavy metal that wasn’t over processed or produced, guitar breaks with reasonable use of the whammy bar, and a drummer that can throw down some softer tempos within "The Law" while also accenting the right tempo changes. Not quite of the upper caliber of acts at the time (Liege Lord and Riot), but still fun to tread down 80’s memory lane with.
Those who remember the early years of Queensryche, a splash of Iron Maiden finesse, and maybe a little bit of the German scene at the time will find aspects to enjoy out of this- I do think the vocals leave a lot to be desired which weakens the impact of the arrangements. You have to love the sparse cover and logo that screams heavy metal. One that may get occasional airplay, "Cry of the Jackal" gains favor with the old school brigade.