PURSUIT OF POWER - SACRA METALLUM - IRISH SHRED
It looked good, but alas this was not what it portended. With an acceptable monicker, professional cover and design and a 'metallic' album name Indiana’s Pursuit Of Power could easily have been a medium to metal and an insider tip. It does go awry quickly. The songs are not superlative in any way and the 'band' is rather untight. The 'band' designation is also likely exaggerated as the poor clatter of the drum machine is obvious and obviously disappointing. As ominous as the lacklustre songs and tightness and the absence of a drum is the vocals of Steve Mullican, in general, and his attempts at a higher pitch in particular. It is bad, just bad.
POP really needs to go back to the drawing board and restart and do so as a changed band. The chosen style, the investment and the Saxon-like artwork are respectable, but beyond that this group has a lot of work to do. Moreover, next time around these guys must avoid the predictable mistake that amateur demo bands the world over repeatedly commit. Forget cramming the disc with twelve mediocre songs and instead concentrate on the best five. That includes, or one should say excludes, songs like Ritual Of Evil which shamelessly borrows from Iron Maiden’s Somewhere In Time and the many slower attempts at balladry. - Ali “The Metallian”