"Demo" (Self-produced)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

San Diego's Malady is pure heavy metal following in the footsteps of their idols, Doro Pesch and Ronnie James Dio. Malady is the kind of band that cites certain rock legends in their inspiration and those inspirations are apparent in their music. More importantly, the band has taken said inspiration and turned it into something new - a sound all their own. The blending of their rock'n'roll heroes - Dio, Sabbath and Doro - gives the band a strong, solid sound that doesn't simply copy the music of others but give it their own attitude and personality. And there aren't enough females behind the mike in metal bands anyway - and Freeman is good and so is the band. Bottom line: If you're a fan of the people and bands that influence Malady, you'll really like this band, despite the fact that they're (thankfully) not just another carbon copy.

MALADY: Veronica Freeman - lead vocals; Pete Wells - lead guitar; Ed Tickner - bass; Tom Hogue - drums, backing vocals.

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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