Sunday, October 8, 2017

the shredding heavy metal of Jack Starr's Burning Starr

The shredding, the singing, the big rhythm section, the headbanging and the true heavy metal all converge for a classy album by the New York band. Longtime fans of traditional heavy metal might be interested to know that in addition to the shredder Jack Starr himself this band features current Riot vocalist Todd Michael Hall and former Manowar and current Ross the Boss drummer Rhino, and the bass is taken up by Ned Meloni. I’m not sure how this band is treated in the Big Apple itself by the fans there in that city, and it seems like they are not as known as they should be in the United States in general, given the band's status as veterans of the genre with some seven full-length studio albums just under this specific name, not to mention the other works under the Jack Starr moniker. Maybe European fans of traditional heavy metal treat the band better. At any rate, the new work has everything you could want in the genre. It’s a professional album by skilled musicians well versed in the art of heavy metal. --MMB
Jack Starr's Burning Starr
Stand Your Ground
label: High Roller Records
release date: 25.08.2017
OFFICIAL: Jack Starr is one of the unsung heroes of Heavy Metal. Born in Paris, he learned to play guitar by ear, copying the riffs of traditional rhythm & blues records. His first semi-professional band was called Starr System, where he was joined by two future Trust members, drummer Jeannot and Petit Pois (of Les Variations). In America, Starr emerged on the rock and metal scene in 1981, forming the first incarnation of Virgin Steele, along with vocalist David DeFeis. He played on »Virgin Steele« (1982) as well as »Guardians Of The Flame« (1983), which many old time fans still consider to be the best Virgin Steele albums ever (along with the later »Noble Savage«).
In 1985, the guitarist founded his own band JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR and issued his first solo album entitled »Rock The American Way«. Over the coming decades, Starr participated in various projects like Devil Childe, Phantom Lord, Thrasher and Strider.
»Stand Your Ground« is the name of his seventh solo album, issued by High Roller Records. “It's an old school type metal album with modern production and great songs,” comments Jack Starr on »Stand Your Ground«. “In my opinion, it is one of the best metal albums in the last twenty years. I think that if we could go back in a time machine and put out this album in 1988, it would sell millions of copies but even though it is 2017, I think it will still do very well.”
Jack Starr continues comparing »Stand Your Ground« with its predecessor »Land Of The Dead« from 2011 (featuring Ross The Boss and David Shankle of Manowar fame): “I think the new one is more diverse and has many more influences and also it is much longer. I think I am playing better guitar solos, Todd Micheal Hall is singing better, Ned Meloni on bass is playing the best of his career and the comparison that comes to my mind is Steve Harris. Ned is playing with passion and speed like Steve Harris and also getting a great sound like Steve Harris and as far as Rhino, there is nothing to say because he always plays great and this album is a continuation of this incredible drumming style that he as perfected. My favorite song on the album is 'Stand Your Ground', the title cut, I have played this one for a few people and the reaction has always been the same, it seems that the listener is very surprised that even though the song is eleven minutes long, it passes very quickly and is not repetitious. 'Stand Your Ground' has so many twists and turns and changes within the same song, it is like a mini symphony!”

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