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Released: 2009, Furnace Maximus Records
Reviewer: Robert Williams
Wilde Starr from Alameda, California takes it’s name from the culmination of forces comprised of guitarist and bassist Dave Starr of Vicious Rumors fame and vocalist and keyboard player London Wilde. The end result is often described as Euro Power Metal meets Evanescence. To do this band proper justice, I certainly would distance this band as far as possible from Evanescence as possible as the operatic like vocals of London Wilde and the superior metal craftsmanship demonstrated by Dave Starr far outweigh any comparisons to the one hit wonders of the world.
ARRIVAL kicks things off with “Rose In The Dark” a kick ass mid temp melodic shredder with some high pitch notes that will likely drive canine members of your family bezerk. This very well produced disc then progresses forward to “Arrival” a very vocal driven track that offers up some enchanting keys and a pulsing beat. “Touching God” plays well upon dynamics and has an infectious chorus. “Generation Next” has a heavy lead in riff and a killer wailing banshee scream that welcomes you to a harsh terrain of blazing leadwork. I would have preferred more uptempo stuff from Wilde Starr, but token ballad “Nevermore” is still pretty catchy.
Not bad for a first disc by any means. I will definitely be anxious to hear more from Wilde Starr in the future and I’d love to see how the music found on ARRIVAL translates in a live setting.
1. Rose In The Dark
3. Touching God
5. Down Of The Sun
6. In This World
7. Generation Next
9. Voice In The Silence
10. The Chain
London Wilde - Vocals, Keyboards
Dave Starr - Guitars, Bass
Jim Hawthorne - Drums
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