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Basically, if you like old-school Power Metal, this is a slam dunk of a purchase that you certainly won't regret.

Starchild is the latest project from German all rounder Sandro Giampietro, whose past work includes plenty of stuff with Michael Kiske (who also duets on one track here), Zillion and his own band Sandro. To be honest, Starchild may as well be his own band, as he does all the writing, singing, guitars, piano and probably makes the tea as well. Basically, if this is shit there's only one person to blame. Thankfully, this release is far from shit (although I hear he makes a terrible cup of tea).

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The music produced by Starchild is very palatable indeed. Packaged as Power Metal and deservedly so, it comes over like a delicious cross of mid-eighties Helloween and Iron Maiden, helped by the fact that Giampietro himself has a powerful voice that often brings Bruce Dickinson to mind. Add to that some galloping Rock songs that don't stop for breath, yet are filled with catchy melodies to die for, and you have an album that certainly stands out in the crowd.

You can see why Giampietro has been rated so highly by his peers, as his guitar work and vocals shine throughout, allowed to do so because his song-writing is just as impressive. To be honest, it's a bit overlong at nearly an hour, but there are no duff songs on offer and I've listened to it plenty of times without getting at all bored. Basically, if you like old-school Power Metal, this is a slam dunk of a purchase that you certainly won't regret.

Alan Holloway

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