My immediate thought was at how aptly named this "supergroup" was, as before we reached 30 seconds into the opening song of "Cry No More" I was already adjusting the volume level in a northerly direction, not quite to level 10 yet though. Melodic yet loaded with feisty riffs and peppered with solos, "Cry No More" is an awesome song through and through. "Soul of a Warrior" sits in the second slot and seems to be a bit darker, a song I like more and more with each spin. "No Turning Back" thunders out of the gate with a pounding/driving beat. Del Vecchio leads off "One Way Street" with some haunting keyboards before the guitars explode with meaty riffage in this more bluesy flavored cut. The more symphonic metal sounds that "Blasphemy" lends are not particularly a favorite style of mine. That being said, this track and lead single is growing on me the more times I digest it. "Last Man On Earth", the sole track under four minutes runtime, doesn't offer anything overly exciting but does maintain the album's pace. The energy and volume level ramp up again, this time with the barrage of "Scream & Shout" but the plodding pace of "Voices of the Wilderness" is less than memorable and therefore sinks this one into the bottom of the barrel of Chapter One. Personally, not being a ballad fan there's nothing for me in "All Hope Is Gone" whatsoever, but the following cut, "Demonized", is quite the opposite! The track has quickly become one of my currently most played with a chugging main guitar riff, wicked solo, piercing vocals and some pounding double bass drum. "Soul Is Eternal" once again fires on all cylinders for another strong cut, as is "Forevermore" serving as the twelfth and final inclusion of Chapter One.
BUY: Level 10 - Chapter One
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