Man's fascination of war and violence seems to be never ending. Thus, I'm not surprised even an inch to the title "Declaration Of War" on this MEAN STREAK album. According to metalkingdom.net, this is their second release (the first entitled Metal Slave", Black Lodge 2009) ". These Swedes are a fine 5-piece in the neighborhood right between melodic metal and melodic hard rock. The hit off with the title track "Declaration of war" which reminds me a lot of ACCEPT. Even "In For The Kill" goes kind of in the same direction, although maybe more towards what JUDAS PRIEST did in the late 80's or early 90's. Strong, solid melodic heavy metal and hard rock! And who's sad about the DIO vibes in "Crimson Sky"? Well, not me. Though, the rip-off of the guitar riff from Ozzy's "Bark at the moon" is maybe a little too obvious in "The End Of The Rainbow". Otherwise the song is really good, and brings more of melodic hard rock than melodic metal.
I'd say that fans of the latest TREAT album (Coup de grace) will feel at home! So, even though the melodic heavy metal style is dominant, there are songs that give you other influences as well. "As You Sow You Shall Reap" shows a little of neo-classical metal, carrying my mind to the 90's albums by YNGWIE MALMSTEEN (but without the doped and speedy guitar melodies!). Actually, "No Man's Land" includes some of these vibes as well.
The only slightly weak thing would be the lead vocal of Andy La Guerin. Not that he's false or bad in any way. But in some of the prases he sings, he sounds like he's barely opening his mouth - or that he's recently swallowed something that is still in his throat. It's not heard all the time, so I don't want to say it's a big problem. And I'm more picky than most people when it comes to singing! I totally recommend this CD to all fans of melodic hard rock and metal.