Retrieved from ” https: Tony MacAlpine Official Website. Driver seems like another MacAlpine album with vocals added. Overall a brilliant, technical and ambitious release with this album. It’s not a stretch to guess that the acronym M. When posing together, the band look like they’re wearing extremely bad wigs, or some sort of fuzzy protection from alien mind probes. Collector’s Guide to Heavy Metal.

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Although Side B is much more hair oriented i.

It’s an image that could scar a man for life, and while I’d be willing its horrid grasp slip free and laugh the band down to projec, they did produce this one, decent album called Project: The Collector’s Guide to Heavy Metal: The album immediately starts with a quite aggressive set of songs, being the speed metal opener “Nations on Fire” the most remarkable. Of course this is recommended for die-hard fans of the pdoject power metal sound, and those who want a rarity in their collections.

Following the line of the white collar USPM, the album has speedish, proggy, and sweet moments, which are arranged in a quite contrasting fashion. The album is dowsed in thick 80s production values like most of the label’s roster, but I personally would not have it any other way; it captured a specific, pre-digital edge that most of the other bands of this period were not yet so fanciful of, and thus the records would stand clear of many peers.

Archived from the original on 26 January After the release of the successful “Edge of Insanity”Tony MacAlpine became part of an interesting project named M. In this case, ‘chic’ of course means ‘retarded’, and even Tony MacAlpine cannot pull off this hairstyle.


It’s not a stretch to guess that the acronym M. Overall a brilliant, technical and ambitious release with this album.


Retrieved from ” https: The song immediately starts an explosive intro riff which would be followed by a quite intense speed metal discharge in which the Rock’s high-pitched vocals perfectly fit the energy displayed by the band on this song. Modern reviews are less positive.

Of course, there is also MacAlpine, whose leads pepper the album whorls of leaves on a brisk, breezy autumn afternoon, occasionally self effacing through excess indulgence, but just as often kicking asses to the moon they could always climb back via his hair. Cover art by Guy Aitchison. Regardless of how weak is this side if compared to the opening of the album, it is still far from being simply filler stuff.

The great production and keyboard touches in this one add to the epicness while the lyrics evoke plenty of emotion. Naturally my preference is for the more raging, Shrapnel-worthy fare here like a “Nations on Fire”, “Writings on the Wall”, and the excellent “Unknown Survivor”, but the band also projext their chops at more progressive metal material like the ascending “Nostradamus” or dreamy “Slave to My Touch”, which burns like hot lead through the chest.

And although this dream-team altogether looks quite promising, this album is basically much more of a MacAlpine thing, as most of the songs seem to be his compositions, and like in his albums, the drums and bass simply fullfill their instrumental needs, but still at a good level.

Rob Rock is again on form in this phenomenal piece which has a distinct Judas Priest-esque feel to it.

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Archived from the original on 10 April There are similarities to Leatherwolf and Racer X with progressive touches here and there for good measure. You don’t need to be some Guitar “whatever” magazine subscriber who hangs out at the local instrument shop far too often for his own sake to appreciate it, since the shredding is far from omnipresent.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This is their only release and is pretty rock solid from start to finish, with a sound that is reminiscent of Racer X and Queensryche.

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Tony MacAlpine Official Website. Rock Hard in German. Rob Rock is known for fronting his many solo offerings of traditional Christian metal, but he’s also fronted a great number of other bands like Driver related to this, of courseWarrior, Impelliteri, and Axel Rudi Pell. He’s also got that commercial appeal that the band are mixing in here with the more serious, fast paced traditional metal, and without his charisma, the record might have been something far less.

Bands alphabetical country genre Labels alphabetical country Reviews R. When posing together, the band look like they’re wearing extremely bad oroject, or some sort of protection from alien mind probes. The substitution or omission of the colon is due to technical restrictions. About the worst thing you can accuse the men of M. The correct title of this article is Project: In a very positive contemporary review, Rock Hard called the album “exemplary” and associated the music to Yngwie Malmsteen ‘s album Rising Force”not only because of the breathtaking solos of Tony MacAlpine, but also because of some songwriting parallels”, offering “a colorful bouquet of musical diversity” with “something for everyone.