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March 11th, 2011

Album: Betzefer – Freedom To The Slave Makers

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Betzefer
Freedom To The Slave Makers
AFM Records
21 February 2011

by Andy Parker

Freedom To The Slave Makers has taken quite a while to surface. After leaving Roadrunner Records in 2007 with mixed feelings from both the band and label, Betzefer regrouped in 2008 with with producer Warren Riker (who’s previously been behind the desk for both Korn and Down) and headed into the studio with the intention of releasing their next record before the year was out. Fast forward to 2011. Only surfacing for a mere handful of shows during the intervening period, Betfezer seemed to have very little to show for such prolonged delays.

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From the school of Pantera & Black Label Society, Betzefer have plenty of good things going for them. Their hooks are so crisp that you wouldn’t notice if they chopped your arm off until you tried to pick up your coffee mug. Freedom To The Slave Makers is 10 tracks of all out groove metal. From the opening chugathon of ‘Besteller’ through the sleazy sounding ‘Nothing But Opinions’ which teeters on Guns ‘N’ Roses madness, right to the closing remarks of ‘Heaven Sent’, Betzefer are schooling you in what makes modern metal great.

‘Backstage Blues’ is reminiscent of something off of Big Dirty by Everytime I Die with its punk rock leanings whilst ‘Doomsday’ wouldn’t sound out of place on a Hatebreed release. That might make Betzefer sound like quite the chameleon, but the el Aviv band retain their own style throughout the album. Avital Amir has a very distinct voice grizzled, wise, menacing as the other members slide their way around his musings with a pounding vehemence that could rival that of Paris Hilton’s vitriol towards knickers in public.

It must be torture to have to sit on a record for so long but it has been worth the wait.

5/6

Sounds like: Pantera, Down, Crowbar, Eyehategod, Everytime I Die
Top tracks: Doomsday, Song For The Alcoholic

Betzefer – Freedom To The Slave Makers tracklisting:
Bestseller
Backstage Blues
Feels So Right
Diamond Directory
Nothing But Opinions
Empty Magazine
Doomsday
Perfect Lie
Song For The Alcoholic
Heaven Sent

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