White Skull

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Public Glory Secret Agony

White Skull - Public Glory Secret Agony ©2000 Breaker/Radiation/Nuclear Blast
1. Burn Rome, Burn
2. High Treason
3. The Roman Empire
4. Greedy Rome
5. In Caesar We Trust
6. Valley Of The Sun
7. Anubis The Jackal
8. Mangler
9. Cleopathra
10. The Field Of Peace
11. Time For Glory

Hee hee. This is so silly I can't even begin to write about it. White Skull is a female-fronted Italian power metal band reminiscent of Helloween, Angra, Malmsteen, and basically everybody else. They also seem to have a bad obsession with Roman history (at least on this album, whose cover must be seen to be believed).

Nothing in the music is new. In fact, it was already old and tired by 1987, but that doesn't seem to bother White Skull and they plod along with characteristic neo-power-metal enthusiasm. They have the requisite neo-classical guitar riffs, fast rhythms, anthemic choruses, pompous titles, even more pompous cover art and lettering, and a singer going from menacing to operatic to soft and back and who manages the amusing feat of sounding like two of Helloween's vocalists (Hansen and Deris) alternatively.

Unless you are a die-hard power-metal fan who only types in capitals, you will not be able to listen to this without laughing, which doesn't exactly make this album a primo contender for the Album of the Month prize.

Review by Rog The Frog Billerey-Mosier

Review date: 10/2000

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