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Stargazery - Eye On The Sky

Label: Pure Steel
Format: CD download
Released: 2011
Reviewed By: Mark Gromen
Rating: 7.5/ 10


Melodic Finnish metal (actually sounds more English 70s hard rock) with Graham Bonnet/Jorn Lande sounding Jari Tiura, a former MSG singer (on the 25th anniversary "Tales Of Rock n Roll" album). ‘Everytime I Dream Of You’, a ballad, is up second, borrowing liberally from the Scorpions formula for said tracks (might as well go for the best). Like their heroes (?) these slower numbers are only time Tiura’s accented English is detected.

 

A deeper voice greats the keyboard introduced title track. Grandiose, keyboard accompanied mid-tempo compositions, ‘S.O.S.’ (imagine that title from a Finnish band, see Stratovarius) being the exception, a grittier, more aggressive (guitar showcase). Stargazery ends with cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Headless Cross’, Tiura stepping outside his normal range to demonstrate his vocal mimicry on a nice rendition of Tony Martin’s original lyrics.

 
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