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High Speed GTO
Released: 2009, Earache
Reviewer: Stu Occupier
This Los Angeles band formed in 2007 by Jon Leon who was tired of the modern metal scene and wanted to return to his love of all things NWOBHM and early eighties American metal.
They soon cut their HIGH SPEED GTO demo, which only made it into the hands of a few select fans. Following a brief period of inactivity, the demo fell into the hands of Earache Records and the "High Speed GTO" song was included on their HEAVY METAL KILLERS compilation which aims to be the METAL FOR MUTHAS for the new generation. Soon after this, Luna left the band to be replaced by Wyatt Anderson and now that 2007 demo has been released by Earache for everyone to hear.
The first thing that strikes me is the CD cover itself, its just like MCA's 1980 compilation album PRECIOUS METAL and that of course is exactly where this album belongs - in 1980. Unlike fellow retro band Cauldron this band have failed to produce anything special or worth listening to, sure it's okay in the sense that 'AIIZ' or 'Ethel The Frog' were okay but hardly outstanding and the only tracks that stick out are the ones that have that classic Di'anno-led Iron Maiden feel like "March Of the Skeletons' or the somewhat obvious 'Phantom of the Opera' rip off "Megalodon' or the 'Tygers of Pan Tang' inspired "Celestina".
All in all I cant really work out why Earache signed them.
01.High Speed GTO
03.Into The Night
04.March Of The Skeletons
07.Red Desert Skies
James Luna (Vocals)
Erik Kluiber (Guitar)
Chad Bryaan (Guitar)
Jon Leon (Bass)
Jesse Appelhans (Drums)
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