VOLTAX – No Retreat… You Surrender

VOLTAX - No Retreat... You Surrender
  • 4.5/10
    VOLTAX - No Retreat... You Surrender - 4.5/10


Iron Shield Records
Release date: April 14, 2017

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No Retreat … You Surrender is the fourth studio record from the Mexican Metal band Voltax.  Best described as Symphonic Metal, the vocal range of Gerardo “Jerry” Mauleon at times calls to mind the great Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, and even  occasionally stretches into the realms of legendary Steelheart vocalist Miljenko Matijevic.  However, his performance on this record is spotty, with many of the backing vocals and even some of the sustained notes venturing out of pitch.  Its subtle, but just enough to induce the occasional cringe.  The twin guitars of Diego Magdaleno Machuca and Ricardo Doval Caballero provide a solid songwriting background, but the lead guitar is not up to par with many bands of the same genre, and the overall production quality is lacking in clarity and punch.

Solid performances by members Hector Vera Rodriguez – Bass and Mario Melendez Sandoval – Drums round out No Retreat … You Surrender, but overall the record falls short.  Numerous timing, tuning, and pitch issues throughout leave the listener feeling that something just isn’t quite right in several of the songs.  Two of the tracks, “El Fin” and “Night Lasts Forever”, are musical interludes of about a minute in length that probably should have been intros to songs, or left out entirely.  The record also includes one cover, Chicago’s “25 0r 6 To 4” that does the original little justice, and is probably the poorest offering of the record.  Fans of Epic Metal and Symphonic Metal may find something to enjoy, but if you come expecting Dragonforce or Symphony X, you will leave disappointed.



  • Stevie Shred

    Stevie was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. He is currently the lead guitarist for Melodic Rock band Red Reign, based in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Red Reign toured with Tesla in 2017, and shared the stage with Dokken, FireHouse, Lita Ford, Kix, Quiet Riot, and others at various dates around the US in 2018. Stevie heard his first KISS record at the age of 6 and was immediately hooked on Rock and Roll guitar. Over the course of years his tastes evolved, graduating from KISS to Ozzy and Van Halen; and then into Hair Metal. Over time, harder and faster music drew him. Bands like Metallica, Pantera, and Anthrax led the way, and Killswitch Engage took him over the top. Stevie has a deep passion for the guitar, not only playing them, but building them as well.

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