Reviewed: February 2018
Released: 2016, Shadow Kingdom Records
Reviewer: Andrew Cook
I’ve never shied away from the fact that I am always intrigued by a person that can do a whole album by themselves. Some are crap, some are a sign of where they are going, and some are visionary.Therefore I introduce to you a man named Thomas William Church. A very noble name indeed, and one that some of you may already know as the lead guy from Beastmaker. Matters not if you don’t know who he is, I had no idea up until now either.
Our friend here has decided to (obviously) release a solo album of things that amuse him, and who are we to question such things. The only question will be if it’s any good. The answer is forthcoming.
Beastmaker have a style that it would not be unfair to say is a little Sabbath, a bit sludge, and a tad bit Rainbow. Does our good friend branch out and try a different angle on this release? Has he overcome his NWOBHM fetish? The answer is sadly no, but that sad depends upon which side of the fence you sit.
If you like seventies inspired Metal, then this will fit right up your alley. Some of the riffs are just as catchy as the common cold. The singing sounds a little less Osbourne than Beastmaker and the other instrumentation keeps this EP chugging along at a nice pace. A lot of other influences can be heard, Maiden, Priest, Pentagram. All great in their own right.
Truth be told though, this is a trip through the past, and the past is a great place to be, but with such talent it would be nice to see him try something a bit more modern. Nothing worse than being in a comfort zone that lasts forever.
Question my credentials about this, I am 46 years old and have heard and seen a lot of bands and sounds evolve, and yes I always go back to the familiar, but as much as I love the old guard it is fading fast. Talent like this needs to look around and see what is happening.
As always just my opinion, I’m just a hack who listened so make up your own minds. I like this a lot, and I’m sure a lot of you will as well. Exceptionally well played old school metal.