"Demo Sampler - 2007" (Self-produced; 2007)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Ambition is one hell of a motivator. The Doctor, formerly of Blacklyst, has undertaken a large-scale project that involves the simultaneous release of four albums.

The first two albums, “Resurrection of the Beast” and “Tempest,” fit squarely into the true metal genre of the four discs in this ambitious project. And these two discs are by far the most similar of the four albums. Me? - I like my true metal done really well. “Resurrection of the Beast” has everything a true metal fan would like in their favorite genre. “Tempest,” as far as I can tell from the sampler, is a far more epic and epic-sounding album.

“Vorymm” features the true metal genre taken in a sci-fi direction. On “Vorymm” The Doctor steps out of the box – and the results are pretty cool. “Vorymm” features edgier material and vocals that exude desperation which is always my favorite emotion in vocals of any genre.

The album of covers, “Tribute to Legends,” conceptually fits in with what a lot of metal artists are doing lately – either as full albums or contributions to tribute compilations. The three selections here are all very much “metalized” – which is good, because sometimes hearing a cover song that isn’t much different from the original seems pointless. The Doctor’s cover of Judas Priest’s “Victim of Changes” is indicative of the kind of energy he brings to his projects. But I don’t know if choosing oft-covered Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” was a wise choice. 

“Resurrection of the Beast,” “Tempest,” “Vorymm 1299,” and “Tribute to Legends” were produced by The Doctor.

In addition to writing and arranging all the material on all four albums The Doctor plays all instruments and performs all vocals.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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