PHANTOM LORD - CIRCLE OF THE WASTED - BLACK LOTUS
As a reviewer one can either delve into a record and blabber until the reader tunes out, or if the record is boring - as with the new Phantom Lord CD - come out and simply say it. Greek quintet Phantom Lord (album photographs depict a quartet - someone apparently had enough sense to duck on cue) is a band trying hard to be heavy metal's answer to Yngwie Malmsteen. The singer wails to high heavens with the vocals often being doubled-up. The music is a cross between Malmsteen and Helloween. The ever-trendy and weak keyboards wank the affair to crap and to destroy any last vestige of respect the band additionally makes sure it adds a ballad here and a violin there. If anyone's heard a sadder joke than this all month, then please write in. - Ali "The Metallian"