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Violent Storm Storm Warning Review

by Zane Ewton

Heavy metal is enjoying a bit of a renaissance. The galloping rhythms and blistering leads of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the 1980s is making a fierce comeback.

Mick Cervino is the spearhead of a band that fully embraces the ethics of 80s metal. Cervino has spent time playing bass with Ritchie Blackmore and Yngwie Malmsteen. With his metal credentials intact, Cervino has formed Violent Storm.

The debut album, Storm Warning, was produced by Judas Priest's KK Downing and includes screaming guitar leads from Downing, Malmsteen and Roy Z.

Storm Warning is pure vintage 80s metal. You can smell the sweaty leather and hairspray. Vocalist Matt Reardon is a rock survivor with a powerful voice that matches the music perfectly. An obvious student to the Bruce Dickenson metal school, Reardon does well despite clumsy lyrics.

There isn't a weak track on this record. While lyrics aren't his strong suite, Cervino's bass playing is top notch and both Downing and Malmsteen deliver the goods. Malmsteen is particularly good in proper song structures, as opposed to his usual incessant noodling.

Violent Storm has earned some positive exposure alongside Downing and is even playing with the reformed Dio/Sabbath band across the pond.

For fans of this type of heavy metal, make sure to give Storm Warning a listen. You won't be able to keep your mulleted head from bangin'.

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