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Sign of the Jackal - The Beyond Review

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Artist: Sign of the Jackal

Album: The Beyond

Released: 2011

A mixture of styles and genres: Heavy Metal


Sign of the Jackal is a brand new band playing classic Heavy Metal without any Progressive or Death gimmicks even more so.
The band took the music of the 80s as a basis without hesitation, and in the 80s no-one thought of doubling/quadruplicating/power-sawing the rhythm or overburden all songs with keyboards (which I never heard on this album at all). Everything is simple - the voice, chorus and guitar solo.
The female voice quite fits the male voice traditions of those times - you will find no modern Nightwish here; maybe Federica de Boni (ex-White Skull) will be the most accordant comparison.
The guitar solos are quite versatile not only in terms of technique, but also in terms of stylistics - something is closer to Hard&Heavy, and something can be good for Helloween. By the way, Roberto Condini, one of the guitarists, also plays in National Suicide, the band, which plays Thrash Metal, and which I highly appreciated in due time.
As to the music overall, it is melodious Heavy, but without choruses, which instantly stick in the memory. The thing is that the music, which has been existing over 30 years, cannot bring in something new without any innovations, and as it is classic Heavy of the 80s, we hear just very good songs in the above mentioned style, and not in the exclusive Sign of the Jackal style.

Vocals:9.00 of 10
Instruments:9.00 of 10
Skill:9.00 of 10
Originality:5.00 of 10
TOTAL:8 of 10

Reviewed by: Denis /13.08.2011/

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