Volym X: En Tribute Till Jerusalem
Label: Day-Glo Records (Sweden)
Length:14 tracks (plus bonus)/61.42 minutes
Classic Christian power-metal band Jerusalem gets a tribute in this new disc released by Sweden's Day-Glo Records. 14 other Swedish bands, including recent Tooth and Nail distributees Blindside and Royal, along with Momo and Dr. Lovetree, present generally respectable, if greatly changed, versions of such Jerusalem songs as "Read Between the Lines", "Dancing On the Head of the Serpent", "In His Majesty's Service", and "Sodom."
While the novelty (for American listeners at least) of hearing Blindside in their native tongue may wear off quickly, the Blindside track, "Blomma", remains one of my favorite cuts on the disc. Maybe I can't understand it, but it's still a great song.
Other highlight tracks include the dance vibe on Dr. Lovetree's "Dancing on the Head of the Serpent", the Dylanesque vocal and performance on Punches of Joy's "Wake Up", and Momo's take on "Read Between the Lines", which reminds one strongly of Rebecca St. James or perhaps Chasing Furies.
The bonus is interesting: someone reading quietly, while someone else (Jerusalem's Ulf Christiansson, perhaps?) shouts the same words: "Come on! Come on! Let's plunder hell and populate heaven!"
Overall, it's an interesting and captivating album; different from most's normal fare, but still worthy of a few spins.
Josh Marihugh 11/7/99
The offerings in a tribute album often offer a unique look at the artist being honored and the artists doing the honoring. Volym X registers extremely high on the unique side for English fans of the metal group Jerusalem. Eight of the thirteen songs are sung in Swedish. Musically the album offers a nice mix of styles with Momo's rendition of "Read Between the Lines" a personal favorite. Other bands which may be familiar in this musical homage include Blindside, Royal, The November Commandment, and Misprint. It's a fun listen as one tries to remember the metal of the eighties done in English, redone in the nineties in a whole different language.
Sam Hagedorn 2/21/2000