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Beyond The Fight
May 2017
Released: 2017, Pure Steel
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Mike Vescera is one of my favourite vocalists of all time. His perfect blend of grit, power, range and tone make him such a great vocalist across the past 30+ years. I’ve been a fan since the early days of Obsession and followed pretty faithfully across the decades from his higher profile his with Yngwie and Loudness to his lesser known stuff as well such as Killing Machine.

Vescera has appeared on dozens of albums and I must admit, it can be a challenge to follow and wrap my head around his career discography. From solo albums and the Mike Vescera Project (MVP) it is a bit of a mess and this new band doesn’t help. Vescera is a new band named after the vocalist. According to the label bio, it is not really a ‘solo project’ but why not name the band after your most famous member? It just makes sense. It doesn’t really matter how this album is classified, (band vs. solo album vs. MVP); as long as he is singing, I’m on board.

BEYOND THE FIGHT is the bands debut album and they have signed to Pure Steel Records and have punched out a quick 38-minute, 9-tracker to introduce us to their band. Basically Vescera is the Italian band NiteHawks, which are very cool in their own right. Melodic Metal, on occasion bordering on Power Metal is the sound of the band and it is certainly in line with everything else he has ever done. The production is very decent and the songs are standard 4-5 minute verse, chorus verse arrangements, classic and non-complicated. BEYOND THE Fight kicks off with the punchy ‘Blackout In Paradise’ with a big swelling chorus and driving beat. The album churns along competent and catchy with the classic 80’s Metal sound, nothing extremely innovative, just great songs.

Based on his track record of going from band to band as a hired gun, I’m not sure how much longevity VESCERA (the band) will have over time, but I’m certainly glad to own it in my collection. A fine debut!
Track Listing

1. Blackout In Paradise
2. In The Night
3. Stand And Fight
4. Dynamite
5. Looking For Trouble
6. Vendetta
7. Troubled Man
8. Never Letting Go
9. Suite 95


Michael Vescera – Vocals
Mike Petrone – Guitars
Frank Leone – Bass
Fabio Alessandrini – Drums



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