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Listeria: Full of Fire

Listeria play a mix of classic 80's metal and contemporary power metal. While at first that might not sound too unique (and let's face it, it's not) the band have conjured up some catchy melodies and injected some tasty licks on Full of Fire on the Lion Music label. Guitarist Luciano Toscani lays down some wicked leads and fills all over this CD, especially on songs like the catchy "Wolf Over 3 D" and "Swim in the Mud", and his axe cohort Pierluigi Boschi provides plenty of muscular and chugging rhythms as well. The vocals of Vittorio Scotti are cut from the same cloth as Timo Kotipelto, Michael Kiske, and Tobias Sammett, and he works best on the crunchy anthems like "Emily", "Shadow", "Like Ali" and the quirky "Little Star". The guys can crank it out pretty heavy when they want-just listen to the pounding "Delight", which will get your fist pumping in no time.

Full of Fire is enjoyable if you just take it for what it is, a throwback to the glory days of pretentious metal yet rooted in todays European power metal scene. Think Armored Saint, MSG, Blue Murder, Edguy, Stratovarius, and Helloween, and you get a good idea of what to expect with Listeria.

Track Listing
1.Like Alž
2.Wolf over 3 D
3.Swim in the mud
6.Don't Believe
7.Little Star
10. Rock Is My DJ

Added: September 3rd 2005
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Listeria Website
Hits: 2879
Language: english

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Listeria: Full of Fire
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-11-17 12:03:01
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Italy's Power Metal purveyors deliver their tasty debut Full Of Fire courtesy of Lion Music, the one label that always aims to please the fans of this brand of Metal. With this album, we quickly find that Listeria is a band that has not only been influenced by the classic time in the genres history, but also manages to keep it going in today's ever-changing music scene. What I mean by this is that there is a very "legacy" feel to most of the tracks that are on this release. As a result, some listeners will find it brings them back to a special time while others might find it dated and old. I admit that I enjoyed the feeling of being tossed back into the Metal eighties with this one, as they sure can play and really make you feel like this style has not gone the way of the Progressive and Death Metal future we find a lot in the scene nowadays. Tracks like "Emily" and "Shadow" are powerful numbers and have not only the type of chorus you find yourself singing along to, but also possess those classic ripping guitar leads that were so prevalent in the eighties Metal scene. While there is a lot of catchy riffs and lyrics across the board it's also safe to say that there is really nothing new about the album that you have not heard a million times before. Yes, the group does sure give their all in the delivery and style and are to be commended for it. If you grew up listening to any of the early adventures that Metal offered you (Helloween, Lizzy Borden, Armored Saint and the like) then you will enjoy this group. If you require a little more in your Power Metal diet, then perhaps you should keep moving on this one. Running at a little over thirty minutes, it is not a totally bad way to spend a half an hour.

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