Blackwelder are an international band that consists of musicians from projects such as Primal Fear, Seven Seraphim, and Dio Disciples that plays a mixture of power and progressive metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Survival Of The Fittest" which will be released on April 24th as a joint effort between GoldenCore Records and XYZ Music.
Melodic guitar leads that also dominate throughout the whole recording start off the album along with some heavy riffs a few seconds later that also use a great amount of melody and when vocals are added into the music they are all clean singing power metal vocals and the songs also mix in a lot of progressive metal elements.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the music is very heavily rooted in the 80's while the production gives the songs more of a modern day feeling and the solos and leads also demonstrate a great amount of talent and skill.
As the album progresses an instrumental is added onto the recording while vocals do make a return on the following tracks and the music also starts incorporating more elements of progressive rock and one of the songs also brings in a brief use of spoken word parts and there are also a few tracks that are long and epic in length and towards the end the album starts bringing in more clean parts which they also mix in with the heavier sections of the bands musical style.
Blackwelder goes back to the 80's style of power and progressive metal and also update them for the modern day while also playing a more melodic version of both styles while still having a decent amount of heaviness, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark, fantasy and real life themes.
In my opinion Blackwelder are a very great sounding heavy and melodic mixture of power and progressive metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band, RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Night Of The New Moon" "Freeway Of Life" "With Flying Colors" and "Judgement Day". 8 out of 10.