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Flywheel – Flywheel 
By Keavin Wiggins 

Once in a while a CD comes in from out of nowhere for review and just floors me. Flywheel’s self-titled debut is one such CD. 

The band doesn’t waste any time. The lead off track, “Now Or Never,” grabs you by the throat and Flywheel doesn’t let go until the final note of “Maker”.  Vocalist Stephen Bell is a powerhouse in the Cornell tradition. In fact, he sounds very similar to the Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman. Bell finds an equal match in intensity from guitarist Pat Gasperini, who isn’t afraid to be a guitar hero. 

Bassist Sandy Nardone and drummer Jimmi Crifo pound the musical charge with in-your-face rhythms that plow unmercifully from track to track. This is heavy rock the way it should be; hard rockin’, fist pounding, yet melody driven. 

The production is virtually flawless, the aggressive power is harnessed with multi-textured delivery that could easily be muddied and over produced, but in this case isn’t. The end result is a band that doesn’t substitute their power for commercial viability. In fact, that’s what makes them that much more powerful, they offer credible heavy rock that could easily dominate the charts if given the chance. 

“Now Or Never”, sounds like beefed up Sabbath meets Soundgarden meets the melodic sensibilities of Badlands. It has riffage that should please nu-metal kids but the rest of the package leads into the post grunge and hard rock era. 

The second track keeps up the pace and Bell once again shows he’s a vocal hero for another generation but the music also packs a mean punch, with the guitars at times sounding like Black Label Society. Once the solo kicks in Gasperini shows that he doesn’t’ want to be compared to other hard rock soloist with his flashy yet restrained delivery, which is compelling enough to grab your attention but not over done. 

Flywheel are far from being a one trick pony, each song delivers a distinct glimpse into their creativity. “Screamin’” is a standout on many levels. It’s unusual riffage and light verses to heavy choruses.  “Forgot Your Name” should take you back to classic metal heaven with its compelling guitar lead.  

“Stinging” is pure metal magic and the dynamics of “Madness” cement Flywheel’s hard rock credibility. This is indeed the surprise heavy rock release of the year that should be setting the scene on its ear. This is one kick ass release that shouldn’t be ignored! 

CD Info 

Flywheel – Flywheel 
Label: Electric Records
Now Or Never
Vital Sign
Forget My Name
I Am
Pass Me By
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