I've never been fond of reviewing self-proclaimed demos. They're much like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates, 'you never know what you're going to get.' Given the hand drawn artwork, I had my suspicions about Italy's Blazing Clash and their five song EP, Princess of Rock. Thankfully, the old adage is true: 'you can't judge a book by its cover.' This four piece delivers classic old school heavy metal circa early 1980's and, frankly, does a better than average job of it. Despite a rather uneven and soft production, Princess of Rock contains some well-crafted melodic metal under girded by good vocal arrangements, a hefty rhythm section, and solid fret work. Considering the recent revival of traditional metal in the so-called New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal movement, Blazing Clash is a welcome addition. With some solid direction behind the knobs, Blazing Clash could excel to be a first class act in the genre.
Italy's Blazing Clash does their heavy metal old school, right around the early 1980's, and they do it quite well. Fans of the current New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal movement should scoop up this album and give it a listen.
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