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Manticora - Safe

Label: Nightmare
Format: CD download
Released: 2010
Reviewed By: Mark Gromen
Rating: 7.5/ 10

Just seven songs, but the title cut is more than 14 minutes long! Vocal and stylistic similarities to countrymen Blind Guardian, although Manticora prefer to keep the heavy pedal pushed to the floor throughout, grittier and a slice more modern (staccato riffs). The lone decelerator is a brief acoustic passage a few minutes from the end of 'Safe'. With several of the new Guardian tracks flirting with their back catalog, could be Manticora's loss, as old-time BG fans willing to investigate Manticora would find much to like here.


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