An interesting collection of material to review this time around from re-issues to one crazy lady. Its nice to have some good variety for review. Lets see if anything here can warm up your cold winter bones.
The Great Kat: Extreme Guitar Shred
Not the most subtle of titles for not the most subtle of female guitarists. Considered one of the top 10 greatest guitar shredders, this is a collection to show The Great Kat in all her fury. Juliard grad and concert violinist, she took guitar shredding to a new level in the 80s. At the same time, she showed a woman could be as fast as the lads and gave young men a scary looking female for their wall. This DVD might not have mass appeal to anyone other than her fans or shred junkies. Nutty guitar playing from a nutty woman with an angry guitar.
Crown of Glory: A Deep Breath of Life
This lot produce a rather good combination of power metal and Scandi-AOR that generally works rather well. There are the occasional lyrical gaffs and amusing mispronunciations. Songs like "Save Me," with its soaring scale and the glorious "Anthem of the End" show the band have great potential. This band surely have to chops to rise above the foray that is European heavy rock, but probably need another album to fully shine. Yet another bunch to keep an eye out for, and well done to Metal Heaven for spotting this emerging talent.
Cyclone: Brutal Destruction
Eight tracks of Belgian thrash metal re-issued and re-mastered. Is this lot essential for your collection? Not really no; its fairly bog standard stuff complete with dubiously titled tracks like, wait for it, "Incest Love." I suspect this is one for thrash completists and fans of the band who want to replace their vinyl.