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On disc: Noble Savage



- Noble Of The Sea - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars
- Shadows Of The Night - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars


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Shadows Of The Night

Shadows Of The Night
(self-released - 2002)


With Shadows Of The Night the Italian quintet Noble Savage presents their second demo. The sound is more powerful this time. The opener Shadows Of The Night shows them powerful, straight forward and more riff-based. Singer Alfonso Giurdano obviously worked on his part and is varying more - even if there are still similarities to David deFeis. The melodic guitar lines are still there and dominate the instrumental parts. Shadows Of The Night has a catchy refrain and so is easy to get in. The following Time To Kill is more symphonic and has elements of medieval music - reminds me a bit of the music you usually hear at movies when the knights meet at a tournament... Then the sounds of a battle. Very heavy riffs and hammering drums lead into the main part of the song. A bit dragging, but then they speed off. And during the song they vary even more, but that will keep your interesting during the almost 10 minutes long tune. And again during the instrumental part the guitar sings and then marching drums join in. Back to the main theme. Only the fanfare at the end is a bit annoying... Beside that its well done!
At the end of the demo you get I'm Still Alive. Due to the dark voice of Alfonso Giordano and the aggression in his voice the song has a different atmosphere - and partly he reminds me of Eric Adams... More straight forward and with more aggression they show that they can rock hard. Since their first demo vocally they improved and also the sound is better and more powerful. A step forward for the Italians!


8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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Noble Of The Sea

Noble Of The Sea
(self-released - 2000)


The Italian outfit Noble Savage started in 1999 and now they release their first sign of life. Their name was taken from the classic Virgin Steele album and also stands for their philosophy of life which reflects in their music and lyrics.
With the sound of the surf accompanied by guitar they slowly kick off Noble Of The Sea. Then heavy and melodic riffs take over. The guitar lead part takes your focus and steps in for the singer who later joins in. It's obvious that Alfonso Giordano is influenced by David deFeis, but also that he needs more experience. It's more the technique he has to work on, not the expression. The track is about 8 minutes and so they use slower passages and breaks to keep the listeners attention. The guitar solo is not played to show skills, the guitar is singing! And even during the long instrumental part you won't miss the vocals. Towards the end they pick up the opening theme and slowly fade out with some words from the singer and laughter.
The second track is We'll Never Die and is a fast rocker. Here Alfonso Giordano sings deeper and has more power. A hymn-like metal tune, but the high-pitched screams are a bit annoying to me... Beside that it's something to sing along live. And again the guitarist picks up the melody line and during a short solo can show a bit more of his talent. And the second guitarist joins in and its like a conversation between the six-stringers.
Well, there are things to improve, but in general a good piece of symphonic, epic metal. Especially as the band isn't working together for long, it will be interesting to see what they can offer when they work together for a longer period.


7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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