Miles Beyond - Miles Beyond (Rock Revolution Records) - Back
Who is Miles Beyond? They are a power metal band that has only been together for a couple years that has the sound and ability comparable to bands with 10 years plus under their belts. Wow, these guys really sound like Iron Maiden. Other bands that come to mind are Hammerfall, Nevermore, Iced Earth, Manowar, and Metallica influences can be heard in some solos. Generally, the album seems to change from a more Maiden sound at the beginning to a Manowar sound towards the middle and back to be Maidenesque at the end. If you like catchy classic metal riffs, then this was written for you!! Great melodic riffs, solos and leads. The guitarist trade riffs nicely and write pretty well too. They sound like they are at home on the guitar. Miles Beyond writes songs on similar topic ideas as the previously mentioned bands. Vocals have the some singing grimace as Bruce Dickinson, it’s eerie how similar they sound. Influences are many for Miles Beyond and consist of Iron Maiden, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, UFO, Manowar, GNR, AC/DC, Malmsteen and the Beatles. I wouldn’t be surprise if there were more too. Twelve songs last well over an hour, with most songs between 5:30 and 7:00 minutes and include many excellent tracks. “Out of Control,” “Tales of Old,” “Take Me Back Home,” “Vlad the Impaler,” “The Spaniard,” and “A Call To Odin” are among favorite tracks, but every track is pretty good. These guys have talent. From the first note I know I was going to like this. Once you pop this in it has such a beat to it, you won’t be able to hit the stop button on your CD player. This is an amazing debut, the only questions is, who is going to get to them first to sign a contract. Maiden fans need to check these guys out.

Rating: 83