Resurrection Band - DMZ (Re-issue)

Retroactive Records


You know, with Resurrection Band's middle releases...anything after Rainbow's End and anything before Reach of Love & Lament, I really have to be in the mood to listen to them or I just can't make it through an entire album.  Now back in the day, I used to be a huge REZ fan, but as the years pass I just can't get into them as easily.  A lot of their music seems kinda uninspired and Wendy's vocals just grate on my nerves.  This is not to say that they didn't record it with a lot of passion, but I just don't feel much when listening to their music in this "in-between" range of albums.
When I first got this re-release of DMZ, I just couldn't get into it.  It'd been so long since I listened to this album and I've moved on musically.  After forcing myself to listen a bunch of times, I've started to get into it a little more.  But I just don't see myself going back to it all that much after this review.  There are a few good songs like "Military Man" or "White Noise", but nothing much else stands out.  Nothing like a "Shadows" or "Afrikaans".
DMZ follows Resurrection Band's standard format of bluesy hard rock with Glenn Kaiser's raspy vocals and Wendy Kaiser's hit-and-miss vocals.  Stu Heiss does bless listeners with a cool solo at the beginning of "White Noise".  But a few shining moments just can't save the entire disc.  Not to mention the fact that some of the band's bold lyrics are just too overally simplistic and borderline cheesy.  And that album cover...yikes!!  It's just as bad as the Between Heaven and Hell cover.
Thanks does go out to Retroactive Records for re-releasing a re-mastered version of this disc.  Hardcore REZ fans are probably really excited about this.  It is considered a classic in many circles, but with all the quality hard rock and metal out there these days, I just can't bring myself to heaping tons of praise on this album.  In comparison to Resurrection Band's other albums, this one is average at best.  (Review by Matt)