Powersurge

Powersurge

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At the dawn of the '90s, Roadrunner and its various labels (including Roadracer and RC) were best known for underground thrash metal, grindcore and death metal. But it would be wrong to think that Roadrunner excluded more mainstream metal. A number of gothic metallers were recording for Roadrunner in the early '90s, including King Diamond, Chastain and Powersurge. A little known band that recorded in Miami, Powersurge specialized in gothic and fantasy metal along the lines of Judas Priest and King Diamond -- in fact, James Marra's high-pitched vocals are right out of the Rob Halford/Diamond school of screaming. "Engine Rail," "Burning Revenge," "Wall of Power" and other forceful songs on this self-titled CD won't win any awards for originality or innovation; most of the time, the album sounds like recycled Priest or recycled Diamond. There's certainly nothing wrong with being influenced those artists, but instead of emulating them, it would have been better for Powersurge to bring in some other influences and work on finding an identity of its own. This isn't a terrible album, but it certainly isn't a very memorable or risk-taking one either.

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