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Neck Sprain - Heavyweight - 3rd Round
When I visited the Sziget festival last summer I saw many Hungarian bands which didn’t had to offer any interesting; Neck Sprain was a welcome exception. When I just opened my eyes in an afternoon, I sleepwalked towards the metal stage where Neck Sprain heavily shook me awake and let me forget about my hangover. Now, not many things manage to do that with me!
 
Impressed by their strong performance and songs, in which Pantera is definitely the biggest influence, I immediately bought their CD. Unfortunately only True Soul Dead Body was available which was released in 2000 and as I expected it was nothing compared to what I saw live, so I was very happy when Heavyweight – 3rd Round was sent to me. This album brings the heavy, straight forward metal, which I liked so much live, many times better. The music is easy to get into, it’s relatively simple metal but very effective because it gives you that rough, sturdy feeling. I would call that the Pantera style, but Neck Sprain lacks in great solos.
 
Especially in ‘Other Side’ the comparison with Pantera is very evident because of the typical southern rock riff. Neck Sprain doesn’t deny that Pantera is a huge influence for them; the last song, ‘Dime’, is a semi-acoustic homage for the tragically died shredding guitar master.
 
The only thing what really bugs me are the vocals; although the singer tries to use his voice in different ways, screaming, half screaming and clean, he keeps sounding too monotone. The screaming parts aren’t low and aggressive enough and the clean vocal lines are unchallenging; the whole thing is just too one-sided. In the song ‘Steam Engine’ I get a bit bored by the repetition of the title words by the singer, but the nicely build up tension towards a hard pounding riff makes up for that. Although the way in which the tension builds up isn’t too original, it simply kicks ass and gets your head banging and that’s what it’s all about, right?  
 
Neck Sprain doesn’t bring us something we haven’t heard yet, but that doesn’t take away that this CD brings a high risk of spraining your neck. Especially their live performance of the hard pounding, sturdy metal is very awesome; if you ever get the chance to see this guys live, be sure to be there!
Neck Sprain - Heavyweight - 3rd Round
73/1001Details CLS
Released on Saturday Oct 14th, 2006
Metal

Writer @Sledgehammer Messiah on Sunday Dec 3rd, 2006

Tags: #Neck Sprain
Tracklisting 01. W.A.R.
02. Your Lyrich
03. Steam Engine
04. Mortal Disease
05. Pray
06. Blinded Creed
07. Keep It On Faith
08. Intoxicated
09. Other Side
10. Questions
11. Dime (Dedicated to Dimebag Darrell)
Line up Horváth István „Pityesz” – Vocals
Janó Mihály – Guitar
Bánfalvi Sándor – Drums
Nagy Levente – Bass