Coming from Florida, that bastion of heavy metal, is Voz, formed around guitarists Shane French and Morrie Vozdecky (who provides the band name, if you didn't catch that). What you have here is some traditional American heavy and power metal, bolstered by a powerful rhythm section and blistering guitar work. Voz gets some help on the latter from special guests Pete Blakk of King Diamond and Dave Garcia of Cage.
Frankly, you can't fault the band for their choice of genre or their skill in developing rather intense, guitar driven, old school metal. They're quite good a it. It's the best thing about their debut album Shadows of Death. Nevertheless, this album is nearly dead on arrival thanks to Vozdecky's horrid vocal style. Plainly, and most times, he's an over-the-top, off-the-rails, screaming banshee. He mellows, if you can call it that, maybe, on Underworld, Run, or Witch Hunter. But you suffer to get there, as your hand reaches for the skip button.
It's a shame, really. As said earlier, Voz offers some solid and assertive classic heavy/power metal, and the guitar work is killer. Having my ears assaulted, pretty much from start to finish, by the vocals only distracted from the fine heavy metal, and made enjoying Shadows of Death an act of extreme forbearance. Frankly, it's tough to get excited about this album. Listen for yourself, and draw your on conclusions.
Voz offers some solid and assertive classic heavy/power metal, and the guitar work is killer. But Shadows of Death is nearly sabotaged by some questionable vocals.
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