Henk : Imagine yourself receiving a CD not knowing the band name and which you have to play unseen. With this CD, you might think that you've got a demo of Iron Maiden in your hands somewhere between the Blaze Bayley period and the return of Bruce Dickinson. Everything on this album breathes the atmosphere of 'Brave New World' by Maiden, the phenomenal come-back album with Bruce Dickinson. Only this is not Iron Maiden but the Swedish Starblind with their new album 'Never Seen Again'. Since the last album, the band recruited new singer Marcus Sannefjord Olkerud that you may know of the Rocka Rollas. Great singer who reminds me of Michael Kiske now and then.
Well then the songs on this album. The good thing is that the musical direction is straightforward Maiden without the possibility to name an exact song of this metal establishment. In other words, the direction and style is exactly Maiden, but Starblind manages to write their own songs and what could ever be wrong with that? Production, mix, songs and performance of this album are great. Very direct and natural and that makes it a very good album to listen to. Stand out tracks are "Never Seen Again" and the closing "The Last Stand" where the Iron Maiden influences are most obvious. For a moment just imagine that Iron Maiden does not exist and one finds a great heavy metal band in Starblind.