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Last Pharaoh - The Mantle Of Spiders

Last Pharaoh - The Mantle Of Spiders

Label : Pure Steel Records | Archive under heavy / power metal

Release type: Full-length CD

Henk : Last Pharaoh has a guitarist who thinks that a fast and many solos are very important for the music of his band. That is actually the main thing that marks the debut of this American band from the New York area. There is a guitar solo between every verse and chorus. Now I must admit Ron Toth really masters his soloing, but it's all a bit overkill. The songs that serve as canvas for all those solos are already okay without all that guitar powerhouse. 'The Headless Horseman' is, for example, a song which is up-tempo and swings pretty well in Judas Priest style. Drummer Ed Shelinsky and bassist Michael James are completely at the service of their guitarist and do not do very surprising things. That is quite a shame because the drumming in particular could have been a bit more challenging. Finally, singer Tommy Santangelo has a pretty present voice that is somewhere in the middle between Rob Halford, Geoff Tate and King Diamond. High and fierce, but unfortunately sometimes out of tune and a bit loud in the mix. Lovers of eighties shredding metal should give this debut of Last Pharaoh a chance. Do you like many and fast solos you're all right. Especially in the instrumental 'Desert Dreams'. If one would like to hear real songs, then skip Last Pharaoh.

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