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CD REVIEW: Jolly Roger - Virus
By Don Sechelski - 10/25/2009 - 08:03 PM EDT

Artist: Band:Jolly Roger
Album: Virus
Genre: Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Best Songs: Rigor Mortis, virus, dogma, epidemia
CD Review:

Virus is the new release from Spanish rockers, Jolly Roger.  Picking up where their previous CD, Holokaust left off, the pride of Barcelona combines hard hitting metal rock with sweet harmonies and the vision of a future world decimated by manís greed and contempt for nature.

Xavi Juan provides vocals and guitar, Franceso Res brings a biting lead guitar while David Ruz and Toni Hidalgo play bass and drums, respectively. The first tune, Rigor Mortis, sets the tone with a dirge-like opening that quickly morphs into heavy guitar riff. The band explodes into frenzy and weíre off. The title tune, Virus, is a hard rocker featuring dueling harmonic riffs from Juan and Res.

There are a number of tasty cuts on Virus but one of my favorites is dogma. Juanís vocal screams with Resí guitar as Ruz and Hidalgo lay down a rock steady beat.  Another good tune is epidemia.  Though not a ballad, itís a slower, bluesier song that provides a nice contrast to the driving metal rock that makes up the rest of the CD.

The lyrics on Virus are in Spanish but the music is universal. These guys rock across all language barriers. Donít hesitate to check out Virus from Jolly Roger.

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