NeverStar – “I’ll Be Waiting” (2013)

Label : Smash Down Records

Review by Tony Cannella

From the UK, the symphonic, Gothic metal band Neverstar was formed in 2009. The band released a demo in 2011 – which was well received and have now followed that up with their full-length debut “I’ll Be Waiting”. Their sound has been described as “Evanescence meets Godsmack” and they certainly have the melodic and dramatic elements of Evanescence.

Lead vocalist Vega Sims has a strong voice that at times reminds me of Mary Fahl from the 90’s avant garde outfit October Project (if you haven’t heard of them do yourselves a favor and check them out). The symphonic opening “Intro” segues into the hard charging, driving riff barrage of “Lose Control” and this proves to be a powerful opener. The groove heavy “Don’t Call” is up next and is pretty cool mid-tempo number with a lot of passion and melody. The songs on “I’ll Be Waiting” all have tremendous commercial potential. Some examples of this are: “Not Over Yet”, “Drown The Shadows” and “The Edge”.

Musically and sonically, “I’ll Be Waiting” has a lot going for it. The band is sure to draw comparisons to Evanescence but Neverstar is certainly a band that has the capability to carve their own niche both commercially and artistically.

Rating – 87/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Intro
  2. Lose Control
  3. Don’t Call
  4. Break Me Apart
  5. Not Over Yet
  6. Drown the Shadows
  7. City of Sin
  8. Now or Never
  9. A New Dawn
  10. The Edge
  11. Dry Your Tears
  12. I’ll Be Waiting

 

Line Up

  • Vega Sims – Vocals
  • Pietre Cronje – Guitars
  • Anthony Evans – Bass
  • Leigh Prout – Drums

 

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