PROJECT TERROR - CONQUISTADOR (Pure Steel Records)
When a band choses a name, they often guide the potential fan into a certain musical direction. “The Haunted” will be furious, “Symphony X” will contain symphonic elements, while “Hammerfall” gives us an idea that it will be powerful. When I opened the promo package of Project Terror, I had a vision of the three-headed Cerberus was going to invade my living room, but that was totally misplaced, as Project Terror brings a mix of U.S. Metal with a slight European approach and the 8 tracks on the debut album ‘Conquistador’ will be released by the praised German label Pure Steel Records.
Some songs have very high pitched vocals (‘Day Of The Jackal’), but vocalist Ronnie Stixx knows how to handle them! In the past he convinced us when he was member of Shadowkeep (2003-2005), Vicious Rumors (2007-2009) and a second band where he is still active in: Divine Ruins. Ronnie Stixx is the typical U.S. Metal vocalist and his vocal capacities fit perfectly for Project Terror as well. On guitars we have Ian Rendawn, who plays in Divine Ruins as well and the rhythm section is handled by Michael Canals (bass) and Dave Gilbert (drums). Typical U.S. Metal also means a lot of shredding, so it’s almost a necessity to have two guitarplayers in the lineup. Joseph Benjamin is the second axeman who duels with Ian Rendawn and take the songs to utter moments. While some tracks have a little commercial approach (‘Destiny’s Eyes’), we also get some real headbangers (‘Take To The Sky’), which indicate that variety is present on “Conquistador”.
Most of the tracks have a pretty fast pace, which results that Project Terror can be considered as a Speed Metal band with a lot of Heavy Metal influences. They all have one common factor: U.S. Metal oriented elements that fans of Vicious Rumors and Helstar will appeal a lot, but the European touch that is added on these arrangements will also fit to the fans of Priest and older Helloween!
If my information is correct, the band is nowadays looking for a new bass player, and the drum kit chair is replaced by Doug Bell recently. The recording lineup isn’t suitable currently, but it doesn’t affect the quality of this album. U.S. Metal friends and adepts, gather and unite and try to get this album in your collection!
My rating: 84 / 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