XENOTAPH - ROCK IS THE FORCE - NON NOBIS
Do not let the album's title repel you. This is a heavy metal album and not a rock one. With that out of the way, Xenotaph is a young Argentinian band featuring a sound that takes one back to the heady days of Hellion, early Helloween and Blacklace. Xenotaph is not as good or practiced as any on the aforementioned list, but the sound, cool metallic image and intention is comparable.
Singer Danielle Benvenuti is a high-pitched wailer who may be overdoing, but cannot ever be accused of not putting her heart or energy into her craft. The rest of the band is also vibrant and energetic sticking to the tenets of heavy metal and nothing less. It is clear that the band must practice hard on its instruments and become more processed, especially in acquiring guitar leads, but this is already a good heavy metal album Argentina or not. The beginnings of Time To Leave and the title track are reminiscent of Helloween's debut EP, while favourite song Hot Blood ends with a riff borrowed from hallowed Be Thy Name, but those are probably bonus points. - Ali "The Metallian"