Hold High The Flame
Reviewer: Greg Watson
North Carolina's Final Sign features Brian "Hellstorm" Williams of October 31 and singer Shawn Pelata of Line of Fire on vocals with drummer Kevin Haverlah and bassist Howard Baker rounding out the quintet. "Hold High the Flame" features some incredible tracks courtesy of "Hellstorm" and his penchant for driving, catchy riffs. Pelata's vocals soar into the stratosphere at times, with his vocal performance being reminiscent of R.D. Liapakis of Mystic Prophecy and Valley's Eve. The album is a solid dose of no bones power metal. Straight forward and packing a serious wallop, "Hold High" is a great listen and a solid effort from this band. Standout tracks are "Hold High the Flame" with its ripping solo and riffs, "Possessor" for its thrashy vibe and Pelata's visceral and powerful vocals and closing track "The Ominous Black" for its overall heaviness, guitar work and incredible vocals. An album sure to delight traditional metal fans worldwide, "Hold High the Flame" does just that and delivers an album that will have you busting out the air guitar in no time.
About this Writer:Greg Watson
// Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.