PROJECT TERROR - CONQUISTADOR (Pure Steel Records)
Anyone who knows Ronny Stixx? No? Doesn’t ring a bell? I suppose you’re no US Metal fanatic because I’m quite sure they all know about this former singer of Vicious Rumors, Shadowkeep and Divine Ruins. No? Well, don’t mind too much because now you will have the perfect opportunity to discover this golden voice. Ronnie Stixx created his own band, The Project Terror and here’s their very first album. At first the band’s name would have been Blood Red Skies but for some reasons “Conquistador” saw the light of day as the official debut of Project Terror.
The reason I am so convinced about this man is because I saw him several times on stage, with Vicious Rumors and Shadowkeep. It’s no coincidence both bands belong to my favorite formations, I just adore this kind of melodic Progressive Power Metal with high soaring vocals. Last I saw a message from Nicki Robson from Shadowkeep, talking about her favorite bands and sources of inspiration. It were all US Metal bands, from the same type I love and from the same kind of this Project Terror.
So I suppose it’s no secret anymore what you can expect with this one. Yes, this is high qualitative US Power Metal with a big slice of Progressive touches, lots of shredding and mind blowing vocals. This is how I like my Metal, it might or will be subjective but the first candidate of the ‘album of the year’ is already known! With tracks like ‘Blood Red Skies, “Take To The Sky” and “Destiny’s Eyes” it can’t go wrong! Especially “Blood Red Skies” is a mighty track, an honor to the victims of 9/11. Let the crusaders stand up and fight! The world needs them and with a rhythm like this one victory is ours! On a song like “Conquistador” you will witness how grotesque these musicians really are!
This kind of Metal brings me in the perfect mood and Ronnie Stixx proves to be an amazing singer. Without any doubts he belongs to the top of the Metal scène but the world is still ignorant about him. His high screams are Godlike and breathtaking and as usual I got cold shivers if such a scream is followed by catchy earsplitting lead guitars! The dark compositions are melodic enough to steal your soul and believe me if I say lots of mainstream bands can learn from these guys!
A good production is foreseen although on this specific item the band can take steps forward in the future. Nevertheless the rhythm guitars, the thundering drums and heavy loaded bass guitars are sounding good and even overwhelming.
This release might be my favorite album of the year. I know, it’s still early and lots of goodies are to come but Project Terror delivers me the goods the way I adore it! This is an album that will make lots of spins, that will be taken often in the future because it’s just tremendous. It obliges me to travel to one of the editions of the Mario’s Metal Mania festivals because, as far as I know, Project terror will be there. Superb stuff, first class Metal and in its specific style a masterpiece! Obliged for fans of Vicious Rumors, Helstar, Outworld and all those other heroes from out of the US of A! Check https://www.facebook.com/pages/Project-Terror/481267221896980?fref=ts
My Points: 94 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish