Nima : Reverence is a new band with experienced musicians in its ranks. The band consists of vocalist Todd Michael Hall en bassist Ned Meloni (both from Jack Starr's Burning Starr), ex-Tokyo Blade guitarist Bryan Holland, ex-Sanxtion guitarist Pete Rossi, and ex-Savatage/ex-Crimson Glory drummer Steve Wacholz. When I found out about this band's existence, I was already interested solely because of Hall's involvement. I was very much pleased with his performance on the Burning Starr albums 'Defiance' en 'Land Of The Dead', and was very curious about what he would deliver with Reverence.
Well then, as soon as the album blasts out of the speakers with the title track, I find myself fully focused, and that doesn't change until the very last second of the last track, 'Vengeance Is Mine'. If you look at the band members' past roster, you know that you can expect heavy metal here. And heavy metal is exactly what we get on this album; sturdy traditional heavy metal, which doesn't sound dated for a second. On top of that the guys have come up with a total own approach and have made sure not to be easy to compare. Think of a combination of bands like Judas Priest, Primal Fear, Crimson Glory, Vicious Rumors and similar bands, and you might get an idea of what you can expect.
Every track on this record is a highlight on its own and are full of powerful, catchy riffs, ditto vocal lines, fantastic solos, and on both instrumental and vocal matters everything is just perfect. The majority of the songs are up- and mid-tempo, and have a high headbanging value. Only 'After The Leaves Have Fallen' is a tranquil, sensitive and most of all beautiful (semi-)ballad that only a good metal band can deliver. There is little more to say about this record actually, because everything comes into its own greatly. Add a fantastic, clear, powerful and contemporary production with an old-school charm to the whole, and you've got yourself one strong album that you shouldn't miss in your collection as a heavy metal fan.