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A worthwhile listen, and nice to see Metal like this still being produced in 2016.

This first album from Italy's Heavy Star is an interesting debut, and well-targeted at fans of classic Hollywood Metal. At times it reminds me (e.g. on 'Higher Than The Sun') of the work of Birmingham Rockers Lovebite and their excellent debut 'Lock 'N' Load', which is recent European Metal successfully pitched. It's melodic, but unashamedly old-school and relatively heavy, so would be appreciated by fans of bands like Guns 'N' Roses, Skid Row and Ratt.

The nasal whine of vocals on 'Love And Affection' (the opener) leaves us in no doubt we're in for an offering full of attitude and swagger. There's plenty of room for a featured high calibre guitar solo too; but the next track 'Blessed' gets stuck in straight away and showcases skilful guitar playing that we associate with players like Slash, where there's feeling as well as dexterity. There's "groove" as well as "hard" on tracks such as 'Blessed' and 'Electric Overdrive'; they are seventies-influenced, with an underlying eighties vibe. There's some nineties sensibilities too, with influences from bands like Terrorvision in 'Wicked Seed'; thus showing the band are not confined to the eighties (although it's also combined with a traditional eighties Rock solo, designed to be a Hair Metal crowd pleaser).

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I'm not sure of the reason for including Kiss' 'Love Gun'. Of course, all people interested in a release of this sort are going to love Kiss, but other than a bit of harmless fun it's difficult to see what it brings to the party, and it would have been nice to see the confidence exhibited by an additional original release. Closing track 'Serena' is a quality, and traditionally eighties ballad... and it's my favourite track. I particularly liked the Axl Rose style falsetto vocals; tender and tortured all in one poignant scream to the universe, plugging right into human love gone wrong in a touching and tragic way.

'Electric Overdrive' is an album with definite high points. It's a worthwhile listen, and nice to see Metal like this still being produced in 2016!

Dawn Osborne

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