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VainGlory: 2050

Ready for some macho, testosterone fueled guitar hero metal? If so, then pop on over to your local CD retailer and pick up a copy of this new release from David Chastain find VainGlory. Sporting a guitarist named Corbin King, who has all the talents of a young Malmsteen, MacAlpine, Moore, or even Chastain himself, this band puts forth some heavy music that is high on six-string ability but lacking in the originality department.

Those who remembers Chastain's bands from the 80's can be rest assured that they are in for a similar listening experience here, basically a verse and chorus written as an excuse to wrap around an amazing guitar solo. Not only is Dave handling the production, but he wrote all the lyrics as well. Rating this on a purely musical scale for the guitar playing alone would be an easy thing, as King lays down some truly monstrous riffs and amazing solos, as on the rousing "The Promised Land." However, we have heard this style many times before, and it has been somewhat beaten to death by now. Singer Ted Brasier is serviceable, but comes across as a poor mans Warrel Dane from Nevermore.

With the exception of a few strong tracks like "Directive 65", "The Executioner" the instrumental "Cast the Glamor", and the song mentioned above, you can file this as mostly generic sounding metal with a decent guitar player. King would probably be better off hooking up with Shrapnel Records and releasing an all-instrumental CD.

Added: January 9th 2002
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Vain Glory Website
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Language: english

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