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01. We Are Coming (01:30)
02. Escape (05:24)
03. Fell My Rage (05:55)
04. Spy (03:50)
05. Attle And Bleda (06:27)
06. Forever Fight (03:48)
07. Boudicca s Speech (04:12)
08. A Mother s Revenge (05:50)
09. Heavy Metal Axes (03:52)
10. Etzel (04:11)
11. Visions (04:23)
12. Beer, Cheers (Bonus Track) (04:01)

Musicians:
Elisa "Over" De Palma - Vocals
Tony "Mad" Fonto - Guitars
Danilo Bar - Guitars
Steve Balocco - Bass
Alex Mantiero – Drums

 

Italy's White Skull presses on with their eighth full length release, 'Forever Fight.' More recognized in Europe than the shores of America, White Skull's latest work is a monument to their tradition of producing both solid and epic heavy metal within the power genre. That is to say, on one hand, there is nothing really new on 'Forever Fight;' simply solid heavy metal with thrash, power, and melodic elements fortified with some assertive female vocals and sizzling guitar work. On the other hand, well, there's nothing really new here. I think I said that already. White Skull is another case where we must not confuse redundancy with consistency: they're just doing what the know best and doing it well.

Even with the expectation of consistency, White Skulls excels where the arrangement leans more towards epic melodic heavy and power metal as on 'Feel My Rage' and 'Attle And Bleda.' On both of these the true stars are composition and sterling guitar solos. Honorable mentions also go to the near epic, more expected pieces 'Boudicca's Speech' and 'A Mothers Revenge,' where both benefit from more melodic and dynamic progressions within the arrangements. On the down side, some songs are simply average like the thrashy but bland 'Forever Fight' or the straight up heavy metal of 'Spy.' However, the greatest inconsistency on 'Forever Fight' comes from Elisa 'Over' De Palma vocals which are either dead on (Boudicca's Speech or Spy, for example) or miserably unintelligible (Forever Fight, Etzel).

Overall, White Skull delivers as expected: no more, less. 'Forever Fight' is standard melodic heavy power metal which will neither disappointment nor surprise. Recommended. ---Craig Hartranft, dangerdog.com

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01. Hunted Down (4:29)
02. Bottled Mind (3:09)
03. Red Devil (4:58)
04. Lost Alone (5:17)
05. Under This Flag (4:28)
06. A.O.D (5:07)
07. Prisoners of War (5:14)
08. War After War (5:01)
09. Nightmares (6:33)
10. Freedom’s Not Here (3:50)
11. You Choose (3:12)
12. Redemption (5:07)

    Tony "Mad" Fontó - guitar 
    Alex Mantiero - drums 
    Federica "Sister" de Boni - lead vocals 
    Danilo Bar - guitar 
    Gio Raddi - bass 

 

As the year progresses, new albums will come to my attention and I will inevitably give them a listen, regardless of any given band’s notoriety or musical style. (As long as it’s metal!) So when I came across this album and gave it a listen I was very impressed by this band, but was initially unaware of one important aspect. The vocalist of this band is a woman. Of course this is a point of contention for many metal heads, with the majority of metal heads being decidedly weary of a female fronted band. While this may not be a fair judgment, it is a common conception none the less. Of course a female fronted metal band is not an issue so long as the band’s music is good, and White Skull does indeed have strong material.

White Skull is an Italian power metal band that formed in 1988, so I’m sure that at least a few of you reading this have heard of them. Being a power metal band, they have all the normal traits of the genre, with strong and heavy riff driven material, catchy hooks and anthem-like choruses, complete with drawn out, expertly executed solos. The band also has an abnormally heavier side to them with regard to power metal, and that is the raw and heavy feel this album has. At times it would seem that White Skull almost seem to have a knack for thrashing as well as for power metal, due to the albums energetic and brutally fast material. The album also has good production, with a strong guitar tone, audible bass, and a good mixing that allows the whole band to be heard clearly. The track listing is also adequate, with the songs flowing together seamlessly. There is no filler material here, and each song builds upon the last, giving the album a more whole and complete feel.

The band members themselves are all quite talented. The guitarist plays expertly, and the drumming and bass is exceptional, but the one member that really shines is the vocalist. Federica De Boni, the bands vocalist, has a voice like no other. She is able to sing clearly and beautifully, but she can also shout with an evil sounding growl, giving her more versatility and range than many other power metal vocalists. At times you might even forget that the vocalist is female due to the harsh growls and shrieks, but you are then quickly reminded by her beautiful and clean singing that is casually thrown in with the harsher vocalizing.

Of course the album does have a few weak points. Namely this being that a couple songs may fall flat compared to the rest of the material. However, the main point of contention here may be that this is by far one of the most stereotypical power metal album I have heard in a long, long time. The band plays to the genre’s typical strengths and traits, hardly ever branching out or trying anything new here. To some like me, that may be enough to satisfy your urge for a metal record, but for many, it simply isn’t, and this is most understandable.

Regardless, this album was a pleasant and welcome surprise that I will certainly hold on to. This is a guitar-heavy album that has good vocals to boot. Nearly everything about this album is stereotypically awesome, and I am glad to have stumbled upon it as I did. I highly recommend it to my fellow power metal fans. At least give the songs below a listen or two, you won’t regret it. --- sputnikmusic.com

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