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Henning Pauly - Credit Where Credit is Due

Henning Pauly is well known for his participation in Prog projects like Frameshift and Chain. Credit Where Credit Is Due will not remind you of either. Credit (pun intended) to him for not rehashing his work with other bands and putting out an album only to please his fans or his wallet. He has tried, and succeeded in making a very original album. Two tracks should be singled out though... "Halo", clocking at about 12 minutes, that is very much in the Operatic Prog Metal style. It is based on the music of a well known video game and should appeal to the younger crowd and to Metal Prog fans. Also, the last track, a 14 minute Speed Metal song featuring German (I guess) spoken words, is one of the weirdest thing I have recently heard.

Fans of Frameshift will surely appreciate this opportune album. One word of caution is that this one can be a hair heavier at times. Juan Roos (lead singer from Transmission) is more than a suitable replacement for Sebastian Bach. Come to think of it; his voice is very similar in a number of places. It's so close at times that I initially thought it might actually be him on this album. Alas, it's not, but the good news is that Henning Pauly has not lost an ounce of momentum going into this project. It's as good as Absence Of Empathy and I really can't say there's anything in here that's all that close to re-hash...

...While it is cuts such as ‘Your Mother is a Trucker,’ ‘Scheiblautundhartwiedreck,’ and ‘Copyright Conspiracy’ that are the schizophrenic metallic ditties on the record, the knack for high melodic ability is still expounded with ‘Halo,’ ‘Three,’ and the ballad titled ‘Seven,’ proving that balance between the heaviness and the sophistication has common ground here. Along with vocalist Juan Roos, Pauly (who plays all instruments, no surprise) has again created a record of epical proportions, even if it is created in a more abrasive manner, who knows what type of musical direction his next musical endeavor will travel.

...On this album, Henning could have used any number of vocalists he’s used in the past but he chose a unknown (to me at least) vocalists names Juan Roos. Henning describes Juan’s voice as a blend of Geoff Tate and David Coverdale. This is a pretty accurate description without coming off as a copy-cat of those two greats. As said before, if you’re looking for a progressive metal album here, you won’t find one but if you’re a fan of Henning’s guitar work, you’ll enjoy the route he takes on Credit Where Credit Is Due. One day I’d really like to hear him do something in the less crunchy chug-a-lug style he’s known for, or even the long awaited Baby Steps project I heard so much about.

German review

..."Credit Where Credit is Due" is the second album of Henning Pauly, who asked from Transmission's vocalist, Juan Roos, to assist him. The album has been recorded under difficult circumstances and it was recorded within two weeks. Pauly himself admits that the whole album was written under time-pressing conditions, but the music doesn't reveal so. Although the band has a humorous and sarcastic approach (a look at the titles, as well as at the lyrics, will prove me right), the music is taken very seriously and highlights Pauly's intellectuality. I do not know if it appeals to every metal fan (some promotional leaflets show emphasis on the metal side of the project), due to the electronic sounds and the modern orchestration, but I enjoyed titles like "Three", which combines massive metal riffs and acoustic guitars, and "German Metalhead". Despite this modern perspective (which touches at times the nu-metal idiom) "Credit…" attempts successfully to sound traditional as well. How? Thanks to Juan Roos' voice, which many epic/metalhead singers would envy, this album has achieved this difficult merging...

Polish review

...Much like the approach presented on the aforementioned Frameshift album, electronic metal, symphonic metal, hard rock and even rap blend here remarkably well, sometimes intentionally verging on the ridiculous. Credit Where Credit is Due is a further testament to Pauly’s outstanding talent, and I hope it’s only a matter of time until he receives the respect and attention he so rightly deserves. (8.7/10)

...Together with the excellent vocalist Juan Ross (according to HENNING PAULY, he's somewhere in-between David Coverdale and Geoff Tate) and supported by Matt Cash (whom Henning has worked with in the past), HENNING PAULY has successfully crafted a really strong Modern Metal album. I will simply call it Modern Metal for generalization's sake, as in reality there's much more to "Credit...". Henning, who has played all instruments himself here except for the drums (I suspect a drum machine was used), has combined Rock, Metal, Industrial and samples into a truly harmonious piece of music. Apart from the ingredients mentioned there is a slight progressive edge to the music, but it does remain coherent and catchy throughout. Apart from a certain sense of humour ("Scheisslautundhartwiedreck", which roughly translates to "fuckingloudandheavyashell"), HENNING PAULY also surprised with an ordinarily rather un-Metal instrument, namely the banjo (on the title track or on "Six"). The nice thing about "Credit..." in my opinion, though, is that it simply contains many good songs, brimming over with variety. "Three", "Radio Sucks" or the glorious "German Metalhead" are not the only highlights here by far. I don't want to talk about each single song as it'd take too long, so just trust me when I say there's plenty to discover on "Credit..."; it's not gonna get boring even after multiple spins. Furthermore, be sure to keep an eye on Juan Ross' future exploits. The fellow contributes significantly to the success of this disc...

...All in all, I find this to be a very good release. No fillers, a lot of good tracks, and three outstanding tracks: "Six" - where the crunchy metal guitar and the banjo creates a truly original soundscape, "Seven" - a ballad filled out with a plethora of industrial sounds and ending with a big dramatic finale followed by some mellow ambient sounds while fading out, and lastly "Radio Sucks" were Henning have fun playing in several styles similar to radio friendly rock and metal while spicing them up sonically and saying his 10 cents worth of the state of radio today in the lyrics...

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