|Review: Alexis - Birds Of Prey|
|Birds Of Prey|
Label: Pitch Black Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Review online: January 22, 2011
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
for:Birds Of Prey
Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)
Freddy Alexis, co-founder of Chilean bands Inquisition and Witchblade, finds himself in a position similar to other vocalists. He has produced a debut, Birds of Prey, which is unlike his previous output. The album is quite enjoyable, due in no small part to the catchy, tasteful tracks he and buddy Gabriel Hidalgo, who played guitars on Birds of Prey, have written.
From the opening chord of "Shadows," preceded by the intro "Into the Light," Alexis’ style is made plain; a mixture of Heavy and Power Metal in the European style. The sounds of Iron Maiden, Helloween and Gamma Ray mix together in a metallic pond. And given this style, success depends heavily on the vocals. Clearly, Freddy Alexis is a hell of a singer and his velvet-like voice is one you wish would never stop. I could mention several vocalists that Freddy reminds me of, but there are simply too many. The only thing Alexis struggled with is the higher-pitched vocal lines on the Primal Fear/Judas Priest mimic "Metalizer II." Overall, he shows quite a bit of vocal prowess.
Supporting Alexis’ singing are the strong songs on Birds of Prey. Many of the classic metal sub-genres are covered including Heavy, Power, Traditional, Doom and even some old-school Hard Rock. By touching so many styles the album has a nice diversity to it. Birds of Prey is easily accessible, made all the more so by the fine mixing job of Christian Rodriquez. Birds of Prey is a swell album and a wonderful start for a vocalist who probably should have pursued this path a long time ago.
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