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Album Review

CMC International has provided a haven for aging metalheads and hard rockers, letting them record albums when no-one else will. Molly Hatchet joined the fold in 1998, releasing their second album of new material in the '90s. The beautiful thing about CMC releases is that they never sound like a comeback record — they're simply continuations of what the band did best. Silent Reign of Heroes falls into this category — it's a solid collection of straight-ahead, heavy southern-rock that sounds nearly identical to the group's '70s records. The Hatchet sounds a little older and slower, but apart from that, the music is strong enough that the album will likely satisfy most of their diehard fans.


Formed: 1975 in Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Named after a legendary Southern prostitute who allegedly beheaded and mutilated her clients, Jacksonville's Molly Hatchet meld loud hard rock boogie with guitar jam-oriented Southern rock. Formed in 1975, the group's original lineup featured three guitarists -- Dave Hlubek, Steve Holland, and Duane Roland -- plus vocalist Danny Joe Brown, bassist Banner Thomas, and drummer Bruce Crump. They recorded a self-titled debut album in 1978, which quickly went platinum; the follow-up, Flirtin' with Disaster,...
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