Company: Nightmare Records Release: 2012 Genre: Power Reviewer: EC
Top speed traditional metal
There has been a number of South American bands over the years. From the early pioneers like Angra through the recent resurrection of Viper, the region is consistently producing traditionally or flashy power metal. Newer act Scelerata is no different, running an engine of top speed traditional metal with high production values. "The Sniper" is the band's third record to date and second for Nightmare Records. The group released their debut in 2006 and the follow up in 2008. The band join forces with powerhouse producer Charlie Bauerfeind (Helloween, Rage) at his Twilight Hall studio. The end result is an album built on speedy dynamics, up front bass lines and the typical high register vocal delivery. "Unmasking Lies" and "Welcome Home" will appeal to fans of Helloween and Gamma Ray, the fast double bass and quick fingered riffs are a staple of the Germans. Helloween's Andi Deris contributes to the slower ballad "Must Be Dreaming" and ex-Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno assists with "Rising Sun". The band gets thunderous Teutonic metal flowing on "Road To Death" and some cheesy 80s tomfoolery on "Breaking The Chains" (the most overused line in metal). Scelerata will appeal to fans of early German fare as well as newer acts like Hibria and Emerald Sun. The album is available in Japan with two bonus live cuts, "Leave Me Alone" and "Spell Of Time". The standard Euro version gets "Leave Me Alone". The US version trumps all with four bonus tracks of songs found on previous albums.
Brazilian power metallers Scelerata return with Fabio Juan manning the vocals with The Sniper. The album features appearances by Andi Deris & Paul Di'Anno. The album is a good showing of traditional power metal, with catchy riffs, huge choruses and soaring vocals. At times though the vocals are a little stiff & Juan seems to have difficulty at times hitting incredibly high notes. The guitar work is similar to Malmsteen & seems to be the focal point, taking away from each song individually. The album isn't bad overall but isn't worth spending a lot of money on. There is better power metal out there so maybe borrow this or get a copy online.