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Out of the Ashes, Into the Fire... And Other Tales of Insanity
Released: 2010, Self Released
Reviewer: Robert Williams
Power Theory are a four piece heavy metal band from Tullytown, Pennsylvania with a broad range of influences culled from the NWOBHM, Bay Area thrash and German power metal genres. They have previously recorded the self released "Metal Forever" EP as well as a CD single prior to this current release.
It's pretty evident that Power Theory have quite a passion for heavy metal, taking the unusual task of hiring a metal wunderkind producer to handle mastering duties for their self released debut album. OUT OF THE ASHES, INTO THE FIRE ...AND OTHER TALES OF INSANITY was mastered by the legendary German producer Achim Kohler (Primal Fear, Amon Amarth, Brainstorm). The end result sounds totally pro, despite what the low budget album artwork might lead you to believe.
Don't expect much modern influence or boring synthesized keyboard intros from Power Theory. Musically this is no bullshit, meat and potatoes American heavy metal. Vocalist Dave Santini has a somewhat venomous, raspy quality to his voice, but can also hang at the deep end of the pool with more melodic textures as demonstrated on the opening track track "Prevaricator".
"Heart of Darkness" opens with a doomy foreboding riff that would make Grandpa Iommi proud, before picking up the slack with a catchy mid-tempo thumping verse section. Drummer Steve Sabo, not to be confused with Skid Row's Steve "Snake" Sabo, delivers a solid in-the-pocket performance with some thundering fills to boot. Guitarist Bob "BB" Ballinger mixes things up a bit on "When The Rain Comes Down" showcasing his acoustic, ballad like abilities under a soothing introspective vocal performance from Mr. Santini. Something really cinematic about this number, offering up a different dynamic all together then the other ten tunes.
The album's title track is a right little ass kicker, sure to recall the fierce aggression of mid to late eighties heavy metal, when bands of a more traditional ilk infused steroids into their sound to compete with the emergence of the burgeoning thrash metal scene.
I really enjoyed this debut full length from Power Theory. I think this is pretty solid stuff. I wish these guys the very best of luck in finding an amiable label with the budget to dress this product up with the kind of packaging this music deserves. They obviously busted their collective asses making this thing and the star power mastering skills of Achim Kohler can only help them move in that direction I would think.
2. This Madness is Mine
3. Heart of Darkness
4. Nightmare Crawling
5. Never Surrender / Terror Time
6. When the Rain Comes Down
7. Insane (Metal's Part of My Brain)
8. Out of the Ashes, Into the Fire
9. Uriel's Tears (Instr.)
11. Slay the Beast Within
Dave Santini - Vocals
Bob "BB" Ballinger - Guitar
Jason Tete - Bass
Steve Sabo - Drums
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