Country: Russia
Title: Game On
Label: M & O Music
Year: 2017
Style: Thrash Metal

This band seems to be a two members business since the bassist (Free Rider) and the drummer (Doctor) are the only members from the original line-up; in only 4 years of activity they've changed both guitarists twice and the vocalist once. Pokerface is still a female-fronted band, the beautiful Delirium Tremens who sung until last year being replaced on the new album by the equally beautiful Owl, and this time one of the guitarists is a girl as well, so double the attraction for the metalheads' eyes. This is the band's second studio album, a 10 tracks effort clocking 40 minutes of fast and furious Thrash Metal highlighted by the catchy, precise guitar riffs, relentless drumming, meaty bass lines and last but not least by the two types of vocals Owl manages to produce: screams with a certain femininity, and brutal ferocious growls that makes you seriously wonder if this is really a girl singing. There are plenty of rhythm changes and the tracks are diverse in approach and construction so there's little time to get bored in this audition, so in my books that means it's a well-done material, not ground-breaking, but solid enough to be appreciated by the fans of the genre. The band seems to invest a serious amount (of money, time, effort, what not) in themselves, so chances are they're here to stay and attack the tops soon enough.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10