By Martin Simson, Editor —
Have you heard the news? Impellitteri is BACK! This is the album I’ve been waiting for since Wicked Maiden turned my headphones into a smoking pile of melted plastic. The Nature of the Beast is best described as a cohesive effort with one major underlying theme — beasts and monsters.
Let’s dive deeper with a track-by-track breakdown.
You really couldn’t ask for a better opener than Hypocrisy, a song about the “father of lies” — Satan himself. It starts with a guitar riff that’s catchy and not necessarily typical for an Impellitteri album. Chris has managed to come up with a unique guitar sound that is both killer and refreshing. The verse and chorus are solid making this track the perfect opener.
Chris is surely giving a nod to Randy Rhoads with the riff on Masquerade (especially the rhythm during the guitar solo). This song transports me back to Rhoads-era Ozzy Osbourne. Even the chorus has an Ozzy sonic feel to the vocals. And you’ll find a different kind of monster in this song — sexual predators in Hollywood. Another great track.
Run for Your Life, the first single released in July (and the first music video), is an up-tempo, double bass number with powerful vocals and possibly the best guitar solo on the album — the harmony lead portion is particularly good. Rob’s vocals are as powerful as ever and really shine on this song.
Then we arrive at Phantom of the Opera. I doubt Richard Stilgoe and Charles Hart ever imagined one of their songs would get the heavy metal treatment. And what an outstanding metal treatment it is! I really can’t imagine the song being done any better. An absolute highlight of this record!
Gates of Hell is one of the strongest songs on this disc. However, there really isn’t a very wide margin between the strongest and weakest songs on the album. Thundering guitars and powerful vocals trumpet a theme of Armageddon.
Next up is Wonder World. Yet another rock-solid offering. It’s about how the world is becoming more and more dependent upon computers and technology, and possibly a reference to the mark of the beast mentioned in the Bible. It also contains one of the more interesting guitar solos. Pure excellence.
Man of War is yet another stand-out. This one seems to have a patriotic theme and contains a strong chorus and a ripping guitar solo, of course. You’ll have this one on repeat.
You won’t find a better cover than Symptom of the Universe. Black Sabbath should be proud. I hope somebody sends Tony Iommi a copy! Listen to this one with headphones.
Next up is Do You Think I’m Mad. The guitar rhythm on the verse is where this song really shines. It’s one of the most killer riffs on the album. About half way through the song, a voice-over begins, reminiscent of Master of Disguise from Eye of the Hurricane. It struck me as a bit odd and is one of the only criticisms I have about the record. The beast here is none other than Mr. Hyde.
Fire it Up is yet another top-notch rocker. Here we see a departure from the monsters and beasts theme and receive a more uplifting one. Plenty of soaring vocals and shredding guitars to go around.
Kill the Beast is another strong track. Could this be the beast referred to in the biblical book of Revelation? You be the judge. This is currently my favorite track. The classical outro is particularly cool. Just another great song to crank through your best audio system.
Finally, we arrive at Shine On — an uplifting and encouraging song perfectly suited to end the album. The chorus is the star here — both exciting and memorable. You’ll want to play this one over and over again!
Overall, this is an absolutely fantastic album! The production is excellent and each song is as strong as the last. I’ve never had a tougher time trying to select stand-out tunes — but here goes: Gates of Hell, Man of War, Masquerade, Hypocrisy, Shine On and Kill the Beast are the must-haves if you could only secure six songs from the album.
Be sure to purchase your copy at Google Play, Amazon, iTunes and other fine retailers. Available October 12th! #endpiracynow
Rob Rock — Lead Vocals
Chris Impellitteri — Guitars
James Amelio Pulli — Bass
Jon Dette — Drums
3. Run for Your Life
4. Phantom of the Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber cover)
5. Gates of Hell
6. Wonder World
7. Man of War
8. Symptom of the Universe (Black Sabbath cover)
9. Do You Think I’m Mad
10. Fire It Up
11. Kill the Beast
12. Shine On
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