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Vicious Mary - Vicious Mary - reviewed by: EC

Track Listing1. Love Or Hate
2. When He Cries
3. Outside
4. Million Words
5. Crying For You
6. The Call
7. E.L.I.S.A.
8. Keysage
9. I'll Be There For You
10. You Run Me Wild
11. Indian Giver
I was very shocked when I first heard this disc. I figured this would just be another power metal band playing Helloween riffs again. The band consists of Eldritch members Terence Holler(vocals), Sean Henderson(keyboards) and Maya member Pete Daniels (guitar), with White Skull axeman BB Nick on second guitar. This is why I didn't expect the hard rock vibe that I immediately got from the first track, "Love Or Hate". Few bands have the balls to play good 80s style hard rock these days (other than LA Guns, read my review). These guys sound like mid-80s era White Cross and White Lion crossed with Euro-flavored hard rock like Pink Cream 69 and Bonfire. Hell, you can even throw a little bit of Bon Jovi lovey-dovey songwriting in there as well, which ain't a bad thing. Tracks like "When He Cries" and "E.L.I.S.A" flow with melody and hard rock power. My only concern are the slow ballads that go nowhere, or the keyboards that really distract from the sound. Other than these minor annoyances, most of the songs from Vicious Mary will leave you thinking about the glory days of the 80s, and wishing that more bands would do this style of music. I've read that BB Nick has left White Skull to concentrate more on this band. I hope they continue putting out great albums like this one. Next time get a better album cover though!!--EC 2.18.03
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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