REVERENCE - WHEN DARKNESS CALLS
RAZAR ICE RECORDS
Metal To Infinity
former members of top bands join forces the result is mostly another top band.
Reverence is a band that fits that label perfectly and contains ex members of
Savatage, Crimson Glory, Tokyo Blade and Jack Starr’s Burning Star (ex-Virgin
Steele). Do I need to say more or are these words enough to conclude Reverence
is another superb band in the Metal scène? Well, I admit these bands are
amongst my favorite ones but also objective seen no one can deny how important
they were in the Metal scène, at least the US true Metal scène. These bands
were innovative in the eighties and showed the right path to thousands of
musicians, became idolized by an uncountable number of fans … Reverence has
Steve Wachholz - drums (Savatage, Crimson Glory) , Bryan Holland - guitars
(Tokyo Blade), Todd Michael Hall - vocals (Jack Starr’s Burning Star), Pete
Rossi – guitars (Sanxtion, Overland) and
Frank Kruckel – bass (Tokyo Blade) in its rows.
digi-pack of the debut album from Reverence contains a very awesome and
eye-catching front cover, from a sort that every Metal freaks will be attracted
to it from the moment they’ll notice it. Also the band’s logo is seductive,
proving some ultra professionals are busy right here. I’m quite sure that,
even without the knowledge I have about the band, I would have given it a shot
just because of that. I discovered Reverence on Facebook and immediately I was
crazy about them, the video-clip on Youtube was enough to make me a fan of the
first row. Thankfully the release date was very near to the day Reverence
crossed my path and to be honest it was a long time ago I was so thrilled by a
new band. From the moment this CC was received I couldn’t wait to give ”When
Darkness Calls” the first spin, and the second, a third…. Uncountable times
I have listened to this record since I received it, what a blast!
brings very addictive US Heavy / Power Metal and is one of those discs you will
always adore! From the first notes the band overwhelms you and this dark played
instrumental intro makes it obvious something special is heading your way.
Reverence stands for traditional Metal but the way it is performed is
unbelievable, outstanding in every detail! Not so difficult if you know how
talented this band is but talent isn't enough; the secret how to write good
songs is even more important! This album is full of first class Metal tracks and
the highest possible quality level is present. The production is as above
perfect and so Reverence delivers a product that the entire Metal scène can’t
you bring two awesome guitars, a super drummer, a strong bass player and an
extraordinary vocalist together only superlatives can be used. This band knows
how to bring melody, power and amazingly strong musical performances in balance.
One after another mind blowing riff and solo is heading your way! These leads
are amazingly strong and I suppose you already know my preference for fast yet
emotional played guitar solos. Cold shivers, that's the word that fits the
guitars perfectly and this album is full of it, brings one after another
highlight! The basic lines by drums and bass really crushes your chest to
pieces, so strong that it takes all of your breath away. The way the drums are
played makes it clear where the name “Dr. Killdrums” is coming from!
who discovered the last Jack Starr’s Burning Star album knows that Michael
Hall is a fantastic singer, a new rising star in the Metal world! His vocal
lines keep on playing in my mind and the way they’re performed makes me bow my
head very deep for Michael Hall. Next year his band (Jack Starr’s Burning
Star) will play at the Keep It True festival and I suppose everybody understands
I am already looking forward to it.
of bands like Metal Church, Savatage, Armored Saint, Where Angels Suffer
(especially the vocal lines) and plenty of other first class Metal formation
won’t believe their ears! Eleven superb tracks and an impossibilty to pick out
a favourite track. This kind of Metal breathes that typical rather dark
atmosphere of US Metal but on to be honest it gives me also that 'summerbreeze'
feeling, if you know what I mean! I'd like to see Reverence on stage as soon as
possible and I expect them on the bigger Metal festivals next year. Every single
track contains its strengths, reasons enough to adore them!
really curious how the mainstream Metal magazines will review this one, not that
they are representative but we can’t deny their role in making or breaking a
band is important. When you listen to this one and you compare it with plenty of
other 'so called' promising bands you will immediatly hear the difference. The
way this album is produced, the way the arrangements are written and performed
is so different, lifts Reverence above most other new bands! We can discuss this
for hours but I assure you that Reverence is just top, a new highlight, a band
that is able to become worldwide immense popular!
can only recommend this band to every Metal fan, this release overgrows every
subgenre and is too good to be denied! Heavy Metal at it’s best, a classic one
we will talk about forever and a day! I suppose this album will be available in
specialized Metal sores but you can order it anyway at http://www.reverencemetal.com.
This kind of qualitative music comes out very rarely but this one gave me new
strength to keep on believing in US Power Metal as the 'sum mum' in Heavy Metal,
the highest possible level if we talk about Metal! A first important candidate
to make it as my “album of the year” comes from this new Metal sensation!
My points: 95 / 100 (Review by Officer Nice)