|Review: Michael Vescera - A Sign Of Things To Come|
|A Sign Of Things To Come|
Label: Metal Heaven
Year released: 2008
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: July 7, 2009
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:A Sign Of Things To Come
Like pigeons in Sunderland, Michael Vescera is everywhere you look. An extremely prolific contributor to the melodic metal scene, the universally venerated vocalist has been around longer than you'd think, and unlike most, it actually doesn't show. His wailing vibrato still stands strong, and his proficiency with the click track has staunched the gloaming of his career over the years. So, Heavy Metal history notwithstanding, we can all agree Vescera has paid his dues – with Obsession, Loudness and Malmsteen – but I always sat on the fence with this guy, until I snapped up a copy of Sacred Ground from his Power Metal outfit Reign Of Terror. Right there and then, he joined the ranks. And his new solo disc, A Sign of Things to Come, follows much in the same tradition.
With perfunctory quality we're off to a start with piercing opener "Between Heaven and Hell". One of the fastest, double-bass led tracks the album houses; it suddenly inserts A Sign of Things to Come into the better half of Vescera's oeuvre. An assemblage of seasoned musicians from bands such as House of Lords, Ark, and Obsession lay down the melodic groundwork for Vescera to belt his powerful falsetto upon, and with a slick production from the man himself, his latest solo outing is a worthy affair, flicking between styles like a jaded single woman with too many Sky channels. But sadly, the slower, Hard Rock-edged tracks really detract from the encroaching assault of the heavier, more memorable cuts such as "Hands of Fate" and "Crossing the Line".
Vescera fans will find much to enjoy here, as will admirers of rockier Power Metal such as Ironware, At Vance and Chinchilla, so if you dig classy musicianship with cracking melodies; A Sign of Things to Come is one to add to the shopping basket.
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