Cleverness abounds with this lot, but never too much.
King’s Call offer up their (fall 2013) album Lion’s Den, and opening track “Mother Nature” sets the tone for it very well. This is power metal-tinged hard rock that works on so many levels. There are some lashings of Hammond organ in a few of the tracks as well as some clever soloing. Vocals are provided by none other than Mike Freeland, who is best known for his work with Praying Mantis. Founding member Alex Garoufaldis’s songwriting on this release is always just right and never too much. It is a great album of clever guitar-heavy rock.
Now or Never dropped their self-titled debut recently. It is quite the release from this international bunch of musos. The music bridges the gap between power and heavy metal quite nicely. There is never a sense of “heard it all before” and they have successfully produced an album that is worth your time and ears. The band have thankfully managed to stay away from the naffness that affects so many bands of this type. Then again, it shouldn’t be too shocking that this is a quality release, as two members are ex-members of Pretty Maids. Still, it is rare that a debut has this much going for it.
Silent Force have unleashed their latest outing, Rising from Ashes. It is just what you would expect, with Michael Bormann’s vocals soaring over a thrilling fusion of power metal, a touch of Yngwie Malmsteen’s flair, and Rainbow at its heaviest. From the opening track “Caught in Their Wicked Game” to the final track “Kiss of Death”, there is no let up. This bunch do what they do rather well and wring everything they can out of every track on here. This is a great album, from a damn good band, without a stinker to be found.
Wolfpakk have released Cry Wolf, with its unabashed heavy metal sound. Like the last time around (their self-titled 2011 debut record), it has a whole collection of experienced vocalists taking the mic, ditto for guitarists, and other instruments, including Tony Carey (of Rainbow fame) and Don Airey of Deep Purple/Ozzy Osbourne on keyboards. Sadly, it lets itself down a bit in the form of “Cold Winter” with its cringeworthy lyrics. The title track is a cracking song. Ultimately this a bunch of clever musos having a blast of a time trying new things and mostly hitting the mark. Not as consistently good as their debut, but it’s not a bad album overall.
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