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Review: Sonja - Loud Arriver
Loud Arriver

Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
Year released: 2022
Duration: 37:57
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: September 15, 2022
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Loud Arriver

Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (12 Votes)

This is the band founded by Melissa Moore after she came out as trans and was essentially booted from Absu. As a statement and a debut album, this is an incredibly strong recording, full of sharp guitar playing, strong vocal work, and a songwriting sense that really sets it apart from the crowd. Loud Arriver is definitely pulling from that early era of NWOBHM-influenced bands, and I hear a lot of classic Warlord and Stormwitch both in the compositions and the distant, echo-laden vocal approach. Like a lot of bands from that period, there is a lot of rock in the DNA, but the playing and songwriting are so magnetic I can't fault that. Moore's riff style is fresh-sounding, and the songs almost never do what you expect them to do. I was not sure about this, but it is just air-guitar fuel from start to finish.

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