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WildeStarr – A Tale Tell Heart

WildeStarr’s new album, A Tell Tale Heart, comes at you with a ferocious pace from the opening beats of Immortal, Judas Priest would love this track in their locker. The vocals of London Wilde need to be heard, the power in her voice is immense no matter what range she is using. The song gallpops along with an almost call to arms chorus. Transformis Ligea is not as frantic as the opener, this gives the music time to breathe and because of this the song seems heavier. The solo in the song fits perfectly and is not simply shredding for shredding sake. The string work of Dave Starr is superb, you need to hear this.

A Perfect Storm has an almost 80’s metal feel to it as it opens, it doesn’t take long to get dragged to the present day. The double bass drumming of Josh Foster is prominent throughout the track, without ever being overbearing. There is the jagged riffing and soaring vocals to suit most metalheads. Valkyrie Cry slows the pace a touch, again the heaviness of the song benefits. Wilde’s vocals are extremely impressive, taking the song to another level. The track has an epic feel to it.

Last Holy King opens with some atmospheric acoustic guitar, before the song opens into huge, slower song. Not a ballad, but the same feel. The band express light and shade throughout by dropping in the acoustic guitar with excellent effect. I hope Dave Starr can find another guitarist and bass player of the same quality to help give these songs life in the live arena. There is a huge grooving riff to open In Staccata. There are Judas Priest and even Geoff Tate influences all over this neckbreaker. A great heavy metal track.

Not Sane has an intricate guitar riff running throughout that keeps you on your toes, almost progressive. It may just be my ears but the vocals seem to have a Ronnie James Dio slant to them. Whether that be in the phrasing or not I’m not  sure but it works brilliantly. The best track of the album so far is next. The epic Seven Shades Of Winter will be a feature at any classic rock night if there is any justice. It is simply a magnificent piece of songwriting.

The Pit Or The Pendulum has a touch of latter day Nightwish about it, driven along by some very impressive drumming with the understated keys weaving in and out. Usher In The Twilight has an eastern feel to it, as well as a very triumphant feel to the music. This will have fists pumping when played live.

The songs on this album are said to be inspired by the stories of Edgar Allen Poe, of that I really wouldn’t know. What I do know is that these songs stand up on their own, they are good, honest metal songs. The album is over before you know it as it draws you in and gets you involved.

A very impressive 8/10.

London Wilde – Vocals, keyboards
Dave Starr – All Guitars, Bass
Josh Foster – Drums

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