|Review: Impellitteri - Wicked Maiden|
Label: Metal Heaven
Year released: 2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: May 7, 2009
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 3.45/5 (69.09%) (11 Votes)
Wow, this one totally took me off guard. I've always enjoyed Chris Impellitteri's style of guitar playing and over the years I've enjoyed various tracks from his albums, in particular the quality Screaming Symphony album - but this, this is really something else. My main problem with shred albums is the songwriting taking a massive backseat. 9 times out of 10 we see the guitarists in question showing off for the best part of an hour. Fortunately enough Wicked Maiden is the complete opposite, showcasing some phenomenal songwriting that had my head flailing from the hit of the play button – of course Chris Impellitteri shines in the solos, he really is a damn good player. Vocals are handled courtesy of the immense Rob Rock and I'm willing to go as far to say that this is his best work.
The first 6 tracks on offer are certainly the best; from the wild double bass-ridden title track to the 80's-infused styling of "Eyes of An Angel". My personal favorite track is the incredible "Weapons of Mass Distortion" with a furious riff accented with some stellar double kicking that's particularly inventive – often I find myself following the drum pattern to this. Rob Rock tears on all the tracks, although I wish he would have hit some more of the high notes as he really delivers in that register. "Hi-Scool Revolution" is the least enjoyable track on Wicked Maiden, however it's still enjoyable and doesn't really detract from the overall experience. Another particularly cool track is album closer "The Battle Rages On" showcasing Chris Impellitteri's endless talent. Overall this is another corker for 2009 that fans of balls-to-the-wall Heavy Metal really need to check out. Another bonus is there are no soppy ballads in sight; this is pretty much all killer, with a pace that never really lets up. Highly Recommended
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