ALLOY 20 - PART I: LOST IN THE VEIL OF DARKNESS (Independent)
(Review by Officer Nice)
Alloy 20 is a nickel-chromium-molybdenum stainless steel alloy developed for applications involving sulfuric acid. Its corrosion resistance also finds other uses in the chemical, food, pharmaceutical and plastics industries. Nowadays we can add the fact it finds its use in Heavy Metal music too… Well, to be honest this last sentence isn’t included on Wikipedia but that we’re talking about stainless steel is a fact!
I suppose for fanatics of US Progressive Power Metal, the band Omega Point isn’t unknown. These Americans released via Arkeyn Steel an album called “Infinite Rhyme” and fans of old Queensryche, Lethal and other similar sounding formations must have adored this release. Jeff Grove was their singer and of course high pitched vocals were foreseen on this technical kind of Metal. Thanks to Facebook I discovered his newest project, Alloy 20. Only a few notes were necessary to convince me and therefore I spinned this EP many times..
Lots of turns? Oh yes but that’s actually bad news for the slipcase of this EP because it isn’t that strong … But I don’t mind because Alloy 20 delivers me some awesome tunes! This EP contains four songs that must be heard by every US Progressive Power Metal fan. First class vocals, technical played arrangements, shredding guitars….
First track is called “Demon Of Darkness” and this one binds Progressive Metal with lots of melody, power and intensity! It’s rather easy to hear some experienced musicians are making part of Alloy 20. The band contains two guitar players from which Michael Ricketts might be familiar to you, he’s from the band Vengeance (US) and drummer Billy Giddings from Tension and Deuce.
This EP allows me to say that Alloy 20 found the perfect vibe and as I’ve said before the combination of skills and melody are perfect, spread on a bed of modern sounding Metal. Alloy 20 uses a modern production, doesn’t sound dated at all and therefore this band could maintain attention in the future. Okay, they’re Americans and US Metal isn’t interesting for the press but I’m quite sure even they can’t deny this talented band!
Jeff Grove really contains a fantastic voices and knows perfectly when to use high pitched screams, is constantly strong in performances and he really has a great sounding vocal sound. It’s no problem for him to get emotional in his vocal parts, that means he’s a great vocalist, no? Also the guitars are really outstanding; fast played shredding leads, emotional pulls of the strings…. “Silent Call’s, “Veil Of Darkness” and “More To Give” are the names of the other three songs and I’m pleased to read this is a ‘part I’. That means more is to come, hopefully a full album on a respected label!
By the way I can tell you this CD was mixed by Kevin Guttierrez (Shinedownd, Raven, Believer) and is mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Dokken, Angra, Sepultura, Halford, Yngwie Malmsteen). Impressive enough? Fans of bands like Psyco Drama, Deadsoul Tribe, Lethal and other American progressive Power Metal bands can purchase this one blindfolded. Check http://www.alloy20band.com. Best EP of 2012.
My Points: 90 / 100