Thursday, June 10, 2010

White Skull - Tales from the North

Genre: Heavy/Speed/Power Metal
Country: Italy
Year: 1999
Label: Nuclear Blast

Alright, I guess I have to get this out of the way up front: White Skull boasts one of the most badass female metal vocalists this side of Crystal Viper. Not only that, but her gruff tenor is backed by some awesome riffage. They play a sort of amalgam of heavy metal, speed metal, and power metal that actually works quite well. The songs are heavy, catchy, and well exectued, and Chris Boltendahl of Grave Digger fame even makes a guest appearance on a few tracks, which totally rules. So, if you want some fun, catchy heavy metal with female vocals that are way too true to wander anywhere near operatic pop-metal wankage territory, check this out stat!

For fans of Grave Digger, Running Wild, Crystal Viper, and early Blind Guardian.

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