Would anyone like a dose of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest with a dash of female bad-assery?
Well then, Lady Beast is the medicine to cure that yearning for Heavy Metal. The American band was formed in 2009 and on June 1st 2013, Lady Beast released their self-titled debut. The album includes eight original tracks and is topped off with a cover of Judas Priest’s, “Ram It Down,” just in case you didn’t get enough old school metal. With songs like, “Metal Rules” and, “Armor”, Lady Beast brings back the old school metal sound with a female touch.
Lady Beast’s new album is just the thing for those Heavy Metal fans that never tire of that old school sound. From their first track to their last, Lady Beast brings back the musical style of all those bands every metal head loves to love. Each song picks a theme and sticks with it until the end using the traditional arrangements you hear in the majority of heavy metal songs. These arrangements make you want to chant along to every “woah” and headbang to every chorus. But it also gives off the déjà vu impression that you have heard this song before. The only difficulty in playing a genre that has already been so mastered is that it is easy to sound like those that have played before you. Personally I was constantly reminded of Helloween. However the special touch that Lady Beast brings to the table is having female vocals.
You can really hear vocalist Debora Levine’s influences in her singing style and choice of lyrics. Levine has a great image and a good voice but she needs to kick it up a notch in order to reach the level of her fellow heavy metal female vocalists like Kobra Paige from Kobra and the Lotus and Liv Jagrell from Sister Sin. Sometimes it takes time and experience for bands to find their own sound, and apparently this is the case for Lady Beast. This band has great potential and with a little more sweat and tears I think Lady Beast could become a Heavy Metal favourite.