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Released: 2002, Nightmare Records
As I sit here writing this review many of staff members of Metal-Rules.com are heading off to the Mecca of metal. The Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany. Unfortunately I am not among the brethren headed to the hallowed event. I will have to console myself with staying home and writing reviews. Not much of a consolation. I have many CDs though so I just picked the first one on the pile and dug in. The band is called No Fear and the CD is OUR SAYING. A very strange title if you ask me. The band was born in Italy in 1996 in Italy and their influences range from hard rock to metal. If I had to slot these guys into one genre it would have to be traditional metal. It’s a damn good place to be as there is a dearth of powermetal on the scene right now.
No Fear establishes early on that they have a melodic streak that extends back to the 80s. Opening track “Born of Fire” is a groovy traditional track that introduces vocalist Dario Tiralongo as one of the most potent weapons in the No Fear arsenal. His voice is raspy yet powerful and brings to mind James Rivera from Helstar/ Destiny’s End. “Free As The Wind” shows the heavier side of the band with guitar player Giuseppe showcasing his playing style, which is both melodic and heavy. The band changes things up a bit with the ballad “Fake Madness” This a great song as it leaves the faint taste of great 80s power ballads in my mouth but is more akin to “Beyond the Realms of Death” from Priest than to anything with a bottle of hairspray added. By the bands own admission, their sound takes a slight change as the album progresses. It takes on a more progressive feel and I agree with them. “Ghost Town” is a prefect example as gone is the 80s feel as the band heads in a more progressive direction. The acoustic guitars are hauled out for the first half of “Point of No Return” and the CD closes out with the title track “Our Saying”.
Italy seems to be churning out more and more metal and not all of it is bombastic powermetal in the vein of Rhapsody. I was really expecting something different when I first heard this CD. No Fear is the favoured phrase that I see plastered across the car windows of vehicles that sound more like boom boxes than modes of transportation. You know the type. The car cost $50 and the stereo used to blast rap cost $2000. When I am glad that I was so wrong. The production is a bit sub par but that is a minor detail only. No Fear play an excellent amalgam of hard rock and prog influenced traditional metal. Have no fear.. Check em out!!
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