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Sign of Times
Learning of this was a very pleasant surprise! Former Cathedral axeman Garry "Gaz" Jennings returns from the lamented demise of his former band, with a cracking new female-fronted outfit. This single features two strong, energetic tracks (title track and the faster "Seven Flames") that rock irresistibly like a more melodic version of Cathedral's more uptempo moments. Gaz pulls off some impressive and surprisingly flashy solos, and vocalist Michelle Nocun (formerly of Belgian doomsters Serpentcult) proves herself a more than worthy cohort with her clear, rich voice. A damn solid start! I look forward to the full-length, due in the fall.
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