|Review: Sleepy Hollow - Skull 13|
Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2012
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: March 1, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.63/5 (72.5%) (16 Votes)
Take all you know that was good about 80s Heavy Metal, from raw, crunchy guitars to wailing vocals to heavy, epic songs and roll them all together. What you'll get will sound a lot like Sleepy Hollow's Skull 13. Even the cover, featuring a bat-winged flying horse, captures the feel of the golden age of metal. Ex-Attacker vocalist Bob Mitchell provides the vocals and has this guy got a set of pipes. Think along the lines of David Wayne, Jon Oliva and Mark Tornillo and you'll have an idea of what Mitchell brings to the party. His gritty bellows give the choruses of songs like "Midnight" and "Inquisition" the impact of wrecking ball. Steve Stegg's guitars are wonderfully lo-fi so all you get are riffs and nothing but the riffs. Symphony X bassist Mike Lepond and drummer Tommy Wassman provide a foundation that goes all the way to the bedrock.
There are a couple songs, like "Epic (The Legend Retold)" and "Eternal Bridge" which are either too long or the vocal melodies don't quite work, but they are the minority. "Death of a Horseman," the straight-from-the-80s titled "Facemelter" and the speedy "Rear Window" more than compensate.
No self-proclaimed fan of 80s metal should be without Skull 13. It is an album sure to show up on more than a few best of 2012 lists.
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