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Review: Blood Star - First Sighting
Blood Star
First Sighting

Label: Shadow Kingdom Records
Year released: 2023
Duration: 32:37
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: April 9, 2023
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
First Sighting

Rated 3.87/5 (77.33%) (15 Votes)

I’ve been following Blood Star, Visigoth guitarist Jamison Parker’s other traditional metal band, since they released their first single, "The Fear," back in 2020. First Sighting is their debut album, out on Shadow Kingdom Records, and it is everything you could have hoped based on the series of singles leading up to its release. Parker has quite an ear for catchy riffs, as anyone who’s heard Visigoth can attest to, but on First Sighting the focus is a little less epic and a little more straight-up traditional metal. Singer Madeline Smith has a good voice for this kind of music, strong and with just a touch of grit. Bassist Noah Hadnutt keeps everything galloping along. There are speedy tracks like "All for Nothing" and "Wait to Die" that evoke early Dokken with their flashy guitar work and hooky choruses and others with a darker, more menacing vibe, though still very accessible, like "Cold Moon" (my favorite on First Sighting) that remind me of Dio-era Black Sabbath. There are no bad songs here, it’s one of those albums that, if I’d had it back in the day on cassette, it would have been in my car stereo and I would have let side B play after side A, then repeat the process indefinitely. This is one for all fans of straight-up, no-frills heavy metal that pulls no punches and is infinitely listenable at the same time.

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