Starchild Born Into Eternity (Twin Earth Records) 2006
1. "Bride" (4:05)
I was curious when I first heard the name Starchild as it reminded me of Paul Stanley of Kiss. Thankfully a friend of mine sent me a CDR of some Starchild material. I was immediately hooked. First of all, I am a sucker for good doom and classic heavy metal, and this has both. "Born Into Eternity" has great riffs coupled with superb melodies and that overall same feeling I had when I listened to such bands as Place of Skulls and Trouble for the very first time. Dare I say I hear a hint of Southern rock in here as well? Well considering the band is from Waycross, Georgia, they very well may have a bit of Southern influence. The vocals throughout are varied from a lower register clean style to a higher, strained style that is most certainly Ozzy inspired. What doom rocker isn't inspired by the Ozzman? The strained sound is especially true on the title track, but somehow I sort of liked the honest vocal approach. "Bride" starts things off with a sleepy, chugging, doom pace. "Raising Star" is an immediatlely catchy number, while "Love", "Earthless" and "Will You" all continue with the cosmic, Black Sabbath inspired doom assault. I should mention that all these songs feature strong guitar leads as well. This isn't your little brother's rock. This is real doom metal and as such, choice leads are a must! I also quite like the cover art for this CD which give the music a face.