THE LAST OF MY KIND
CRUZ DEL SUR
American power metal that dips its toes into the prog realm best describes the Los Angeles quartet Crescent Shield. With a flurry of heavy metal histrionics in full effect, cuts such as "Burn with Life" showcase galloping guitar and operatic vocals galore, while "North for the Winter" is as Teutonic as you can lawfully allow, complete with a folksy sway and a massive solo section that wouldn't sound out of place on a Savatage record. THE LAST OF MY KIND is a spirited effort whose artisan viewpoint of metal renders a sweepingly epic yet slightly hollow play on NWOBHM with a decidedly power metal center, perfect to place in between Hammerfall and Jag Panzer.