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Scelerata: The Sniper

Vocalist's Andi Deris (Helloween) and also Paul Di'Anno (ex-Iron Maiden) make an appearance on the latest from metal group Scelerata titled The Sniper, and while they make for appealing additions to this album Scelerata's vocalist really is no slouch at all either. Scelerata's a Brazilian group whom have been around for ten years and with two previous releases to their name, Darkness & Light from 2006 and Skeletons Domination which was released in 2008. I have heard neither of these albums so I can't do a comparison but if they are this good then I really should take a listen.

Scelerata are doing their part to keep the power metal genre both exciting and relevant, with a masterful line-up including vocalist Fabio Juan who has a very impressive voice. I should also mention guitarists Magnus Wichmann and Renato Osorio as they make for an electrifying duo unleashing many great passages, these two are not ones to shy away from complex performances.

The band launch into brisk euro power metal for "Rising Sun" as The Sniper gets going, and "Must Be Dreaming" is where vocalist Andi Deris from the kings of power metal Helloween joins in and the two singers sound great together on this excellent metal track. Track eleven "The Sniper" completes this album of the same name and it's a long, compelling and adventurous one at over nine minutes, as Scelerata went all out for this closing song that reminds me why I have been a fan of power metal for so long.

The Sniper is an electrifying album from the Brazilian band Scelerata, packed solid with great heavy melodic power metal, and it's an appropriate title as Scelerata have fired a winner hitting the bullseye right on the mark. This is another album for my must buy list.

Track Listing
1. Rising Sun
2. In My Blood
3. Road To Death
4. Breaking The Chains
5.Unmasking Lies
6.Must Be Dreaming
7.Drowned In Madness
8.Welcome Home
9.'Til The Day We Die
10. Money Painted Red
11. The Sniper

Added: June 1st 2013
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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Scelerata: The Sniper
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2013-06-01 10:43:52
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It's funny how some bands can release two albums (Darkness And Light and Skeletons Domination) that slip under almost everyone's radar, before their third effort, in this case The Sniper by Brazilian Speed/Power merchants Scelerata, seems to pop up everywhere. Maybe it is the almost now mandatory guest vocals from Helloween's Andi Deris and one-time Iron Maiden frontman Paul Dianno that has raised this band's profile but considering that every album from this genre has some "name" involved these days, I doubt it. Whatever the reason, I'm thankful that The Sniper has come my way, with it revealing a band with the scope to dizzy like Dragonforce, hammer like Helloween and crush like Kamelot, which can only be a good thing!

The involvement of Deris and Dianno really is mere window dressing, with Scelerata vocalist Fabio Juan proving an impressive focal point whether the riffs are crushing, or beats racing. Possessing a Geoff Tate like scream that Tate doesn't even have himself anymore and a gritty low end delivery, he really is up there as one of the best you'll hear. Dianno adds his lived in growl to "In My Blood", while Deris can be found on the brooding stomp of "Must Be Dreaming", with both providing interesting counterpoints to Juan, although you are always keen to hear the Scelerata mainman rejoin the fray.

That said the other four guys in this outfit are no slouches either, with the guitar pairing of Magnus Wichmann and Edson Aires firing on all cylinders throughout the likes of the Euro Power Speed of "Rising Sun", the mid paced growl of "Welcome Home" and the more US hard rock of "Breaking The Chains". While bassist Gustavo Strapazon and drummer Francis Cassol keep up with everything the fret twins throw at them.

I know that this area of Metal seems to become ever more crowded with every passing second. However with an album as dead shot accurate as The Sniper, Scelerata prove once more that if the music's good enough, the cream rises to the top. As with Scandinavia and Italy before it, it would appear that Brazil is fast becoming the next hotbed of metal talent, more bands and albums of this calibre will be very welcome indeed.

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