Spellcaster? I LOVE Magic: The Gathering! …oh.
Take 2: Spellcaster? I LOVE Heavy/Speed Metal! And if anyone out of the new wave of bands playing old school metal has this shit down to the letter, it’s Spellcaster. The proof is in the pudding…
Vocalist Thomas Adams is a wrecking ball of NWOBHM style baddassery, showing his potential best in opener (and fan favorite) Chainsaw Champion. Also climbing the ladder straight up to legendary status is guitarist Cory Boyd. Some people say he’s a face melter. That’s only the half-truth. Cory’s so bitchin’, his solos will melt your skin clean off your skull, pick it up, reshape it into a new visage and then reapply it! And while that’s all well and good, second guitarist Tyler Loney refuses to be out done! He riffs and rams this speed metal up your ass (and that’s a painful sodomic event. Have you seen his guitar? Points everywhere!) so hard, you’ll shit molten metal for a year!
I mentioned earlier that Chainsaw Champion is an undoubted favorite of fans of Spellcaster. Well, I’m here to break the norm and proclaim Locked On as my favorite! It’s a song about a space battle for fuck sake! It’s like if Kenny Loggins’ Danger Zone was written for Star Wars, not Top Gun… and not lame! Plus, it’s where drummer Shad Covert really gets to show his shit on the kit!
Gripesville: I know that Gabe Franco is in there somewhere. I also know that he’s a beast of a bassist, so it’s a fucking shame that I can’t hear him at all! Also; It’s a five track EP (three studio tracks and two live tracks, one of which is Chainsaw Champion again and neither of which are of good quality) of material that you can’t exactly just listen to once. It does it’s job of wetting your appetite for the full-length album (coming… soon? Hopefully…?), but until then, you’re losing sleep over your hunger for more of Spellcaster’s brand of metal!
Overall: “Ripping and roaring, your head will go soaring…” need I really say more? No. You’re goddamned right I don’t.
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