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The Fear

by BLOOD STAR

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Shayne Rosenke
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Shayne Rosenke what a amazing find this ep was. Favorite track: The Fear.
dharmalogos
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dharmalogos The Fear is such an incredible song that if Blood Star never record another note I will still be talking about them in 10 years. It is a perfect song. Great riffs. Uplifting lyrics. Powerful performance. Favorite track: The Fear.
Music the Lifeblood
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Music the Lifeblood Obvious callbacks to the NWOBHM but without it feeling contrived and over-done. Along with flourishes of, true to the term, Heavy Metal ala, Killers thru Powerslave era Iron Maiden- especially in the soloing. Plus, Madeline's vocals set in the sweet spot of the mix allowing her to weave that great Alto/Messo-soprano vocal range throughout the rest of the mix. I'm excited to hear what comes next from this band. -Dustin
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    This CD includes 2 cover songs NOT included on the original EP as bonus

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    Tortured Galaxy Colored 7" w/ OBI - Limited to 500 - SOLD OUT!
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SHADOW KINGDOM RECORDS is proud to present BLOOD STAR's striking debut EP, The Fear, on 7" vinyl, compact disc, and cassette tape formats.

Although a brand-new entity, BLOOD STAR is a new creative endeavor from Visigoth guitarist Jamison Palmer. However, let no assumptions linger that BLOOD STAR is Visigoth Part 2: while both rooted in traditional metal, Palmer's new outlet here harkens back to the classiest, most cruising, but also darkest heavy metal of the 1980s both in the US and in Germany. And with the bewitching vocals of Madi Smith rightfully at the forefront - moody, mesmerizing, and equally galvanizing the forces as well as portending their doom - BLOOD STAR is truly a righteous new development in traditional metal.

BLOOD STAR's first public recording, The Fear comprises two equally thrilling tracks. Both move with preternatural ease, their speed graceful but never overdriven, bolstered by a uniquely grinding bass tone that lends further distinction to the band's classic yet not-easily-pigeonholed style. Riffs and leads are given space and shade, allowing the inherently somber atmospheres to shimmer, simmer, and then sizzle. Dynamics are crucial here, locating that ever-elusive balance between restraint and force, but never resorting to trite quiet/loud constructs. And Smith's vocals magically meld as one into the gleaming chrome, working a velvety spell that simply cannot be denied. Put more directly, both the title track and B-side "Tortured Earth" could equally be hits in and of themselves.

And The Fear is just the start: having recently signed with SHADOW KINGDOM, BLOOD STAR are set to release their debut album later this year or early 2021. The greatest glory awaits!

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released May 29, 2020

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BLOOD STAR Salt Lake City, Utah

BLOOD STAR is a new creative endeavor from Visigoth guitarist Jamison Palmer. However, let no assumptions linger that BLOOD STAR is Visigoth Part 2: while both rooted in traditional metal, Palmer's new outlet here harkens back to the classiest, most cruising, but also darkest heavy metal of the 1980s both in the US and in Germany. ... more

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