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Born To Fly (Demo)
Released: 1999, Independent
Italy's Airborn are onto something good with their 5-song demo. Airborn take elements from bands like Helloween and Iron Maiden to create up-tempo power metal that is not typical or completely derivative.
The CD begins with "Against The World" which sets the tone for the entire CD. This track begins with (keyboard) orchestration and of course those galloping rhythms made famous by maiden. There is a melody part on the guitar in this song that is very reminiscent of Helloween…fans of Helloween will recognize the style; the (often) tremelo picked single note patterns over the backing riff. Melodic parts like this are found on most all the tracks on the CD and really add spice to the music. The only thing that stands out as needing major work is the drumming...well it's a stretch to call this drumming because it's a drum machine! Vocally the whole CD is nowhere as high on the register as we've all come to expect from the power metal greats. The vocals are done fairly well and are melodic but are not soaringly high - somewhat of a missing ingredient for the band but it's not a big deal. The leads on the CD are played very well and are a major highlight of the band for me.
With a real drummer and stronger vocals I expect we'll be hearing a lot form this band with their next release. To check out some soundclips from the band at their webpage - http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Villa/2117/
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