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Dire Peril
Astronomical Minds
March 2014
Released: 2012, Indie
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

After a very brief hiatus in 2010, vocalist Norman Skinner has been busy the past few years with three musical projects in the past couple of years. This month we spoke with Norman and reviewed his recent works, Skinner, Dire Peril, and the new Hellscream, which I reviewed last month. (Jan 2014) Please feel free to enjoy all the reviews in this feature.

Dire Peril was Norman’s second solo work after the dissolution of Imagika and he opted to go with an indie EP. The four song EP runs 19 minutes and includes the heaviest version of Blue Oyster Cult’s ‘Godzilla’ that you will likely ever hear. Dire Peril was actually formed a few years prior to Skinner joining but did not seem to have any formal recorded output. For a debut, ASTRONOMICAL MINDS is a decent first effort. The production is good and the performances are tight. In terms of music, Dire Peril are a pure US Power Metal, much like Cage or Iced Earth, heavy, intense and fast and metal to the bone. Lyrically, there is a science Fiction theme going on as well.

This EP is just a teaser for the upcoming full-length album, ‘Through Time And Space’. I’m really looking forward to hearing more from this excellent, promising band.
Track Listing

1. The Eternal Struggle
2. Twisted Whispers
3. Astronomical Minds
4. Godzilla


Jeremiah Bear Bass
Jason Ashcraft Guitars
Norman Skinner Vocals

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