Rocking it old school is Pittsburgh's Lady Beast signed to France's Inferno Records for the international release of their self-titled debut. The band's name gives it away, but Lady Beast is a five piece traditional heavy metal band fronted by female vocalist Deborah Levine.
Lady Beast wears their influences on their collective leather and denim sleeves, offering us classic NWOBHM metal and channeling the greats like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. The CD includes a cover of Priest's Ram It Down. This is solid stuff. Basically Lady Beast gets the genre, develops goods songs and plays them well. They're not reinventing any wheel, only keeping 'true metal' alive.
Levine's vocals are clear and steady, avoiding the extremes of death or operatic vocals. With the addition of Chris 'Twiz' Tritschler on rhythm guitar in 2009, the rhythm section of Greg Colaizzi (b) and Adam Ramage (d) got a powerful boast; they're solid and steady. And Tommy Kinnett's lead guitar work is straight up fiery metal leads. It's a strong combination with generally good results and little disappointments. Some songs take a bit of time to develop, like Go For The Bait or The Lost Boys, but eventually prove their worth, usually when Kinnett jumps in. Real excitement can be found with Lady Beast, Metal Rules, Armor, and the good cover of Ram It Down. As said earlier, Lady Beast is solid material: satisfying American made traditional heavy metal. Easily recommended.
Lady Beast is solid material: satisfying American made traditional heavy metal. Easily recommended.
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