When you are a new and up-coming
new metal act you need a few things to survive in this business.
Stamina, beliefs and a professional approach to things are just some
of the fundamentals. But what really counts is the music...
First sign of life for a very long
time from classic metal act Loadstar from Napoli, Italy shows a band
with the fundamentals in place. But to call them young would be
wrong, because they were actually formed back in 1985, but disbanded
in 1989. They got back together again in 2005 and this promo is
their first release since they re-grouped.
Inspired by many of the bands, who
were just breaking it big-time when they originally started out
like: Saxon, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest we take a trip back to the
mid-80's with this promo disc. As such their sound and songs are
fine, but they do have a lot of work cut out for them in the future,
if they want to gain recognition beyond their region and beyond the
The 5 songs: "Voodoo Star", "Alien
World", "Time won't Forget", "Revenge" and "Screen Addiction" are
all built around strong guitar-riffs and a solid rhythm. This is
classic metal with 2 guitars and both guitarists are technical very
good, which shows in the leads. Biggest drawback is another classic
demo mistake; "we just need someone to sing!" NO, you need
someone GOOD to sing. And Al Laghi does not belong into that
category, actually he is really bad! He is just awful, no range at
all and the melody lines aren't particular good either...
Sad thing about so many promo
releases is the sound - well I didn't expect a crystal clear sound,
and I have heard worse than this - and much better as well. This one
is just decent and unbalanced. So if you put all of this together
you get a promo with decent songs, good guitar work, a bad vocalist
and a decent sound.
This is nothing more than a start
for Loadstar, not a bad nor a good one. Merely a beginning, and they
have a long way to go before people will start taking notice...