Tuesday, August 21, 2018

DESTINIA: Metal Souls

Rating: RRR
Label: Frontiers 2018
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Rip. Rip. Rip and destroy! All hail the latest guitar hero Nozomu Wakai and his project of Destinia. Pay attention fans of proper heavy metal and old school shredding in the eighties formula and style. Metal Souls, new album release from the band of the land of the rising sun, the first to feature vocalist Ronnie Romero (Blackmore's Rainbow, Lords of Black) and the excellent rhythm section of Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, etc) and the legend behind the drums, Mr. Tommy Aldridge (Whitesnake, MARS etc).

Destinia, featuring music composed, written and produced by Nozomu himself. Hailed in Japan as an artist who could bring forth a rebirth of authentic and melodic heavy metal in the 21st century, has been recognized in the Japanese hard rock and heavy metal scene for his contributions on guitar, compositions and sound directions on releases by the countrys' leading musicians and animes.

It's got the swagger of mad neo-classical guitarist meet Ronnie James Dio obsessed/possessed vocalist. Kicking off with a series of hits to the body, Metal Souls goes for the jugular in a crescendo of skillful licks and crunching tricks. Pulling on a colourful spandex rock finesse and driving six-string hairspray melody, the likes of Metal Souls, Rain, Promised Land, are pulsating. Vivid guitar work and arrangements that are well executed only not all too original or groundbreaking. It's Dream Evil and Loudness meets MacAlpine and Yngwie Malmsteen. At times Romero's accent and pronunciation is a bit sloppy and he's definitely singing Raise Your Feast rather than Fist. Once you've noticed it, you're stuck with the fun experience throughout the track. We really do like the vocalist though. It's been nicely produced by Wakai, mixed by Fredrik Nordström at studio Fredman and mastered by Jens Bogren. Final verdict: Extra Superb guitarist - decent/nice material. Not too shabby.

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