This five piece heavy metal band from Almaty, Kazakhstan have been together since 1992 and until 1997 used the name AXCESS, and released their debut album in 1998.

This album is the first album with new vocalist Ian Breeg and Ivan Manchenko on bass. They play mostly power metal with an 80s feel and vocals up in the higher register of Rob Halford with some lower melodic vocals mixed in. Nice guitar work with some awesome leads, the kind that will make you pick up your air guitar and go crazy, the drumming is great, the bassist has a lot of talent and the production is good enough to hear all of them really well. They start off with my dreaded instrumental intro and have two other instrumentals, but because of the length of the songs on here, from “Project A119” being almost five minutes at the shortest and “Cuban Crisis / Insomnia”, being over fourteen minutes at the longest. Not counting the instrumentals, it is an epic album to listen to and they fit the album’s feel. For once, a band gets it right, thanks guys!

This is not one to throw on and forget about it, it’s an album to get into and hear in its entirety. It has that classic feel from the 80s with parts of JUDAS PRIEST and the SCORPIONS in some parts. I really liked this one a lot more than I thought that I was going to.

http://www.truemetal.org/holydragons/   http://www.facebook.com/pitchblackrecords   http://www.pitchblackrecords.com/

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