MEAN STREAK – Blind Faith

MEAN STREAK - Blind Faith
  • 7.5/10
    MEAN STREAK - Blind Faith - 7.5/10


ROAR Rock of Angels Records
Release date: May 2, 2017

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6/10 (1 vote)

On their fourth album Blind Faith, Swedish Traditional Heavy Metal act Mean Streak lays down a clean, riff-heavy sound with great production values. Some of the songs have a sonically pleasing Dokken meets Helloween vibe, with strong lead and harmony vocals and shimmering guitar work that elevates Blind Faith over many albums that bring equal passion but lesser technical skill. Fans of that sort of eighties Classic Metal sound with be thrilled to find some moments of sheer brilliance on the album, like the vocal stretches and blazing solo at the end of “Come Undone”, or the creative fretwork bridges on “Fire At Will”, a swiftly moving song propelled by machine gun drumming.

Lyrically, the album is standard fare—almost all of the songs feature a central metaphor about relationships being some form of battle or combat (“Love Is A Killer”, “Caught In The Crossfire”, “Animal In Me”), but Mean Streak aren’t interested in reinventing the genre. When Peter Andersson formed the band in 2008 his goal was “to write Classic Metal straight from the heart”, so the familiar song structures and lyrical themes are to be expected, rather than condemned. Andersson has achieved his goal on Blind Faith (there’s even an Iron Maiden riff quoted on closing song “Gunnerside”), delivering a consistent product well in line with the expectations of fans seeking a straightforward dose of Classic Heavy Metal.



  • Daniel Waters

    Daniel was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind wasn’t the first Metal album he owned, but it was the one that lifted the lid off his soul when he received the record as a gift on his 15th birthday. He's been a Metal fan ever since. He's probably best known as the author of various Young Adult novels such as the Generation Dead series and the ghost story Break My Heart 1,000 Times, now also a major motion picture entitled I Still See You, starring Bella Thorne. Writing and music, especially Heavy Metal music, has always been inextricably linked in his mind and career. His first paid gig doing any type of writing was for Cemetery Dance, where he wrote a horror-themed music column called Dead Beats, and when he was writing the first Generation Dead novel he had a ritual where he started his writing day with a Metal playlist that kicked off with “Crushing Belial” by Shadows Fall.

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