“Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose” by Meat Loaf

Artist: Meat Loaf
Title: “Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose”
Label: Virgin Music
Release Date: 10/31/2006
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

So here we are at the final chapter of the apparent trilogy for “Bat Out Of Hell”, a saga that began almost thirty years ago by Meat Loaf and his song writing partner Jim Steinman. The original album from 1977 was a blockbuster and truly difficult to surpass for the singer, and none of his future albums would ever do that despite many valiant efforts. The second chapter gave fans a number of great memories as well and now in 2006 it would be time to close out the story. With “The Monster Is Loose”, the second part of the title we would get to enjoy a wider scope in the song writing, as Jim Steinman would not be the only person generating the creative flow on the recording. Chapter three opens up with song by one of these other contributors as Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx gives Meat Loaf that added level of Hard Rock power. It’s a solid track and a great opener at that. The second track is one that strikes hard in the typical Meat Loaf fashion of dishing out an incredible power ballad with “Blind As A Bat”. It was a song I felt should have been the lead single but perhaps it will be the follow up as it has all the elements of a breakthrough track. The main single from the album is a song that you might recognize entitled “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now”. The tune was a hit for Celine Dion, and was penned for her by Jim Steinman. While I am not sure of the reason to use it for this release it is done well and introduces a larger audience to the lovely Norwegian siren Marion Raven. Ms. Raven has a beautiful voice and compliments Meat on the track very well showing it works well as a duet as much as it worked as a solo piece for Ms. Dion.

Some of the other contributors to the album were Diane Warren, Desmond Child and John 5 (yes, the same one from Marilyn Manson) and together they make this an enjoyable listen with some truly memorable moments. The question is does this come close to the original “Bat Out Of Hell” from 1977, well no it does not, and that would be next to impossible for that was simply a phenomenon that is not often a repeatable thing. There are sufficient theatrics to the music as one expects and many of the songs will have you singing aloud after only a couple of listens. Lyrics and incredible artwork are provided for the listener which will help them better appreciate the contents. As a closing thought I have to wonder as to whether or not this is really the final chapter in the “Bat Out Of Hell” story, well we will just have to wait and see won’t we.

Track Listing:
1. The Monster Is Loose
2. Blind As A Bat
3. It’s All Coming Back To Me Now
4. Bad For Good
5. Cry Over Me
6. In The Land Of The Pig, The Butcher Is King
7. Monstro
8. Alive
9. If God Could Talk
10. If It Ain’t Broke, Break It
11. What About Love
12. Seize The Night
13. The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be
14. Cry To Heaven

Official Website: www.meatloaf.net

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