June is here, and so is a new track to check out. Even though it’s been out for a while, it’s ‘new’ to us so we call it new, besides, it deserves a lot more attention than it is getting in mainstream realms. This month’s artist to watch for is WildeStarr.
WildeStarr comes to us from the California bay area and was formed in 2003. WildeStarr was formed by Dave Starr (Vicious Rumors, Chastain, Laaz Rockit), and critically acclaimed vocalist/keyboardist London Wilde. It wasn’t until 2007 though that they actually recorded a demo called “Generation Next” that they really entered the music scene.
After releasing the demo on the band’s MySpace page and receiving thousand of plays online, the band got serious and decided to work on a full album release. In 2008 they picked up drummer Jim Hawthorne and started working on a 10 track album entitled “Arrival”. Arrival was released in 2009 with the video for the title track being released early in 2010. Check out the video and tell us what you think in the comments.
WildeStarr – Arrival
In 2010 WildeStarr, changed out Jim Hawthorne on drums for Josh Foster and began work on their second full album “A Tell Tale Heart”. This, their most recent release, is inspired by the works of Edgar Allen Poe (hence the title).
Overall WildeStarr’s music is melodic power metal, and this album really makes them shine and sets them apart from the normal monotonous music that radio and record labels push at us every day. One of the most notable things besides London’s incredible vocals, is the crisp clean guitars. No matter how fast and hard the music gets everything is very discernible and creates a ‘metal-symphony’. The first track ‘Immortal’ comes out with a loud, large and in your face assault on the auditory senses. London’s vocals are strong and crystal clear and an incredible compliment to the sheer cutting edge music behind them. My three favorite tracks on ‘A Tell Tale Heart’ are ‘Valkyrie Cry’, ‘A Perfect Storm’, and ‘Usher In The Twilight’. Overall though, the album is extremely good from start to finish and can (unlike a lot of albums) be listened to over and over in its entirety.
After listening to ‘A Tell tale Heart’, I had to go back and check out their first album ‘Arrival’. I was already familiar with the title track ‘Arrival’ from the video release, but wanted to explore the rest of the album, and in doing so was not disappointed. ‘Arrival’ is just as hard hitting and extreme as the follow up album ‘A Tell tale Heart’. The vocals, the melodies, the guitar solos, all make for a great listen anytime anywhere. My three recommended tracks on ‘Arrival’ are ‘Rose In The Dark’, ‘Generation Next’, and ‘Nevermore’.
Both albums are well worth picking up and are available digitally on Amazon and iTunes. To learn a bit more about WildeStarr you can check them out online at wildestarr.com, or on Facebook. If you go check them out and ‘like’ their page, tell them Hellbent Rocks sent you! Maybe we can use it as leverage to convince them to come play up here in Idaho/Utah. 🙂