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Artist: Starblind
Title: Black Bubbling Ooze
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release Date: 31st July 2020
Label: Pure Steel Records

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Tonight we are back in one of my favourite countries of all: Sweden! I present STARBLIND from Stockholm. STARBLIND was formed in 2013 and ‘Black Bubbling Ooze’ is their fourth LP to date. Here is an excerpt from the label’s description: “Wonderful twin guitar runs by the duo Björn Rosenblad and Johan “J.J” Jonasson are a shining example of Melodic Metal. The hammering bass lines provided by Daniel Tillberg together with the thunderous drum works by Zakarias Wikner create a solid and heavy foundation that gets your heart pounding. In addition, the vocals manage to steer the eight compositions into the classic vein of true Heavy Metal. Of course, comparisons to IRON MAIDEN are inevitable this time as well, but at this level of quality, other formations of a similar nature must make a strong impression to compare. STARBLIND will certainly make many new friends with ‘Black Bubbling Ooze’.”

OK, yeah there are lots of moments I get reminded of Bruce Dickinson’s magical pipes, vocalist Marcus hits those high ones I love but he tends to do more than that and hit tones above that (he overdoes it on one or two songs but that is fine). He sounds like Dickinson the most when going a bit down from his usual high note screams. The drums are not mixed too much into the front and I really enjoy the mix on the bass (because I can hear it) the twin guitar commando is awesome but hey who doesn’t love twin guitar harmonies? The song ‘Man Of The Crowd’ reminds me very much of IRON MAIDEN very much because of the overlong playful guitar solo which is an obvious IRON MAIDEN trademark.

Conclusion: If you like your bands young and wild but sounding like the heroes of old you will love STARBLIND!

Rating: 8 / 10

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