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Jack Starr's Burning Starr: Stand Your Ground
Jack Starr's Burning Starr - Stand Your Ground CD Album Review

Jack Starr's Burning Starr: Stand Your ...

Melodic/Heavy/Power Metal
5.0/5.0

While guitar wizard Jack Starr may have been MIA for the last six years, when he returns Starr never does anything halfway. Stand Your Ground is Burning Starr's seventh studio album and, like the previous Land Of The Dead and his two previous solo albums, it clocks in at over an hour worth of tunes. That's your money's worth of Jack Starr's guitar forward melodic heavy metal.

Jack Starr's Burning Starr Band Photo

Jack Starr's Burning Starr

Starr is a guitar guru and master of the fret board, but what makes a Starr album so great goes beyond that. First, while his guitar lines take center stage, Starr is an exceptional songwriter. He knows how to use melody, harmony, and groove to create entertaining classic heavy metal. Throw in twists and hooks from riffage to rock groove to catchy lyrical refrains, and song composition becomes the perfect storm of melodic metal. Second, Starr recruits some skilled and experienced musicians to execute his musical schemes. Veteran of heavy metal Kenny Earl Edwards aka Rhino on drums; compatriot from other bands (Guardians of the Flame, Phantom Lord) Ned Meloni on bass; and Todd Michael Hall, one of the best true metal vocalists you will ever hear. It's the making of heavy metal magic.

As for the songs, honestly, they're all terrific, offering all those aforementioned essential elements. Hall sounds amazing throughout singing melodic and clean with passion. Of course, Starr burns up the fret board with his thrilling skillful solos. You get some of Starr's motivational heavy metal with Hero (listen below), Destiny, We Are One, and the epic long player Stand Your Ground. Something of a metal anthem comes with Escape From The Night, which has a fine choral vocal arrangement. Burning Starr gets a serious rock groove going with the catchy Secrets We Hide. Finally, a ballad comes with Worlds Apart, something of a melodic metal break up song.

All this is to say, with Stand Your Ground, guitar great Jack Starr and his Burning Starr brothers deliver an exceptional and entertaining album of classic and melodic heavy metal. Keep it true! Easily recommended.



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With Stand Your Ground, guitar great Jack Starr and his Burning Starr brothers deliver an exceptional and entertaining album of classic and melodic heavy metal. Keep it true! Easily recommended.

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