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Lifetime In Hell
Released: 2016, Massacre Records
Nice slab of underground US Power Metal here. Wicked Maraya recorded LIFETIME IN HELL way back in 1991, but it was never released due to a lack of label interest. Now, with two new songs, this Jim Morris produced album sees its long overdue release. Wicked Maraya was from Long Island, New York and LIFETIME IN HELL would have been their debut album. They released the full-length CYCLES in 1994, then called it a day 1998.
LIFETIME IN HELL is very much a product of its era, with the now familiar Morrisound elements plainly evident. This is traditional US Power metal that will please anybody that is a fan of Heir Apparent. Album opener “Sounds Of Evil” is an anthemic bulldozer that quickly establishes Lou Falco’s growly similarities to Manowar’s Eric Adams. Guitars are crushing, and the melodic chorus is pure metal. “Tomorrow’s Child” shares similarities with bands like Crimson Glory with its clean guitar opening and medieval guitar harmonies. Once again, the band delivers a catchy and memorable chorus.
The two new songs are nice additions to the band’s catalog, with “Suicidal Dawn” serving as a semi-ballad while “Fall From Grace” is the up tempo but slightly inferior chugger. Overall, Wicked Maraya sounds like a cross between Heir Apparent, Manowar and early Virgin Steele, with vague references to Crimson Glory. This has a certain clean and high-minded focus that reveals the band’s hunger and ambition at that time. I gotta wonder why this never saw release back then. Better late than never they say, and that is certainly the case with LIFETIME IN HELL. Here is hoping the band continues to release new music in this style to offset the proliferation of keyboard and double kick power metal coming out of the rest of the world. Definitely recommended for fans of the above-mentioned bands.
1. Sounds Of Evil
2. Lifetime In Hell
3. Tomorrow’s Child
4. Crash & Burn (Idiot’s Delight)
7. The Calling
8. River Runs Black
10. Fall From Grace
11. Suicidal Dawn
Falco - Vocals
John Iadevaio - Bass
Michael Iadevaio - Guitar
Daniel Malsch - Guitar
Mike Nack - Drums
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