It may have come a shock to the rock and heavy metal civilian that a band from Italy would be capable of winning the Eurovision Song Contest. But the truth is, Italy has been a real hotbed of rock and metal for many, many years now. Therefore, it no surprise to find out that ScreaMachine are the latest band to travel out of Italy for their eponymous debut album with their heavy metal flag unfurled.
What the listener get here with ‘ScreaMachine’ is a mega slab of classical heavy metal straight from the crucible of the forge as it pounds the anvil hard with all the power of a fleet of choppers along an American highway. This means that ‘ScreaMachine’ has all the appeal of Judas Priest and Primal Fear as tracks such as ‘The Metal Monster’, ‘Demondome’ and the title track are familiar, warm and engaging delivered through a clinical production that doesn’t fail to hit the bullseye. This is particularly aided by the superb pipes of Valerio Cariccho who roars with the sound barrier breaking voice of Rob Halford, Ralf Scheepers or Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens.
Ultimately, ‘ScreaMachine’ is a safe debut album, it sticks to what it knows and doesn’t really push its boundaries. It has a hell of a lot of appeal to classic heavy metal fans and they will certainly lap this up as a solid debut album.
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