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These Heavy Metal gladiators should endow themselves with more convenient and incisive arms.

Eugenio Apparuti (vocals and piano), Piero Portelli (bass), Luke Fortini (guitar), Emilio Pardo (guitar), Gabriele Biondi (drums); names that sound so familiar to me. Just like their Italian stories; you start playing in a cover/tribute band in your small village bar where all of your friends and relatives gather together to support, even if they're not interested at all, but at least their presence can get you and your band mates a catering reward consisting of a plate of overcooked spaghetti.

Then, after you become fed up with playing the same old stuff that's making your idols richer and richer and sending your self-esteem falling deeper and deeper, you decide to go your own way and make your own voice be heard. Of course, not all of these attempts succeed, but at least you'll have something to tell your grandsons about and you can always tell yourself "I tried".

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Wolfshade is no exception to the rule and you can clearly see these people have been playing most of the Iron Maiden repertoire until a couple of months ago. The influence of the band from my (almost) home-place Stratford is so preponderant in this self-produced debut that even the production sounds like Martin Birch's, with its bass-line surgically, yet loosely, underlined. There is also some pseudo-Power Metal conceptualization, which characterizes songs like the title-track, supposedly a three-part suite about the World War I inspired by the novel of E.M. Remarque and G. Ungaretti's poetry. 'Sceptre Of The King' and 'The Partisan' instead dive into the epic imaginary of bands like Manilla Road and Cirith Ungol, though with no such emblematic results.

Some naivety is almost mandatory in these musical circumstances, but overall Wolfshade doesn't bite that much. That is especially true regarding the flat and sometimes tedious vocals which don't help that much and leave a wide gap between the powerful lyrics and the way they are interpreted which can be quite dramatically felt, even after the first two or three songs. Intuitions rarely miss, but these Heavy Metal gladiators should endow themselves with more convenient and incisive arms.

Enrico Navella

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