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Review: Dire Peril - The Extraterrestrial Compendium
Dire Peril
The Extraterrestrial Compendium

Label: Divebomb Records
Year released: 2018
Duration: 1:05:53
Tracks: 12
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: March 9, 2019
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
The Extraterrestrial Compendium

Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)

John Yelland and Jason Ashcraft have been around as power metal band Dire Peril since 2012, releasing several EPs and singles that have been a run-up to their debut album, The Extraterrestrial Compendium. Sharp, crunchy power metal that mixes speed, technical playing and catchy choruses is their style along with lyrics that focus on sci-fi topics. The vocals sound a little like Hansi Kursch and the music isn't miles removed from Blind Guardian's more recent output. You've got the rambunctious chorus of "Heart of the Furman", the epic "Journey Beyond the Stars" and a guest vocal from Unleash the Archers' Brittany Hayes on the wonderfully entertaining "Queen of the Galaxy" (a song brought up to date from an earlier EP). The songwriting has hints of progressive metal but not so much that the songs get lost in the playing. The Extraterrestrial Compendium is an excellent debut from Dire Peril and power metal fans that think a cross between Blind Guardian and a band like Septagon sounds sweet should definitely seek it out.

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