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A New Millenium (VMI)

By: Geoff Melton

With metal showing some signs of acceptance again, it's good to see quality up and coming bands fighting it out with all of the vets. One such band worth a listen is San Antonio, Texas' Versital, who've recently released their sophomore effort A New Millenium. As opener "My Light Disappears" kicks in, the most obvious comparison would be a more melodic, less dramatic Queensryche, a point driven home by Paul Ritter's Geoff-Tate like vocal work. While that comparison continues to show as you make your way through the disc with tunes like "A Simple Day" and "I'm Giving In", others also come forward like "Come Back To Me" and "Not My Friend", both of which wouldn't be too out of place on a Dokken album, and the throbbing Alice In Chains like drive on "So Long". The musicianship here is top-notch and guitarist Ervin WIlliams is especially impressive. Metalheads make room in your collection for Versital.
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