DEXTER WARD - STARS AND STRIPES (No Remorse Records)
(Review by Stefan)
Formed in 2009, Attica Venice Italy based Dexter Ward is a five piece band consisting of ex Battleroar/Airged L’amh/Black Sun/Mortal Torment players. I think they have found each other due to their passion for US Metal music. The moniker has been chosen by an old character (1927) who played an important role in a novel written by Mr. HP Lovecraft. About these guys’ discography so far, well first they’ve created a three-song demo in 2010 followed by the EP “Antarctic Dream” the same year. First full length effort entitled “Neon Lights” appeared through Iron On Iron Records in October 2011, Greek label No Remorse Records recently released Dexter Ward’s 7” Vinyl EP entitled “Stars And Stripes” loaded with only two songs such as being ‘Stars andStripes’ and ‘Leather Queen’, a cover from US Metal band Lord.
Fascinated by obscure US Metal, Dexter Ward’s new songs to sound fantastic! Better take the title “Stars And Stripes” for real because this vinyl EP is all about Metal the American way. According to myself, Dexter Ward is the European answer to pure US Metal music… superb all the way! Clean and slightly high pitched vocals, guitar riffage/leads used to know from top rated Classic US Metal acts, nice galloping/quite technical rhythm sections (similarities with early Iron Maiden, Paul Di’Anno era are present), loads of breathtaking melodic leads – that’s enough for me to describe Dexter Ward as an outstanding band! In other words and spoken as a US Metal maniac myself, they fully meet all of my requirements!
“Stars And Stripes” vinyl EP is available through No Remorse Records as a limited to only 300 copies right HERE. I’m not sure but I guess that this is the omen of a second, full album to be released later on, the sooner the better basically. Anyway, I sincerely hope for it because Dexter Ward really stole my heart with their US inspired way of Heavy Metal! Take a look at: https://www.facebook.com/Dexterwardmetal and http://www.myspace.com/dexterwardband.
Take notice of the fact that Dexter Ward also contributes on “Strong As Steel – A Tribute To Anvil” (Skol Records, only 666 copies available) with the anthem ‘Free As The Wind’. There is a lot of US Metal delivery to discover on the album, the list of participating Americans looks like: Destructor, Breaker, Skelator and Sinister Realm. Also Canada is mighty present with greats like Savage Blade and Caym (featuring Robb Reiner’s son Tyler). In short, a well deserved tribute album to one of the biggest bands in the history of Heavy Metal – ANVIL!
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 89: Decent but better to take a preview first
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard