Promo 2007
Release date: January 17th 2007
Label: Self produced
Provided by: Loadstar
Website: www.loadstar.it
Style: Classic Heavy Metal
Rating: 50/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: February 17th 2007

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 underground.

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...