"Beyond the Fight"

By Colonel Angus

I have been a fan of Michael Vescera ever since I heard "The Seventh Sign" by Yngwie Malmsteen.  Since that time, I’ve gone out at purchased disks by Obsession, Loudness, and MVP strictly based on his singing talent.  Vescera is his new band and "Beyond the Fight" is the first product under that name.  Now if you are fan, you will be happy with this record because he is not breaking any new ground; just giving the fans what they want.  Material wise, the disk jumps back and forth between traditional metal and power metal in equal doses with the whole record being a pretty solid effort.  “Bloackout in Paradise”, “Dynamite”, “Looking for Trouble”, and “Suite 95” being the best on offer here with “Never Letting Go” being the only misstep due to the chorus.  I also like the fact that this album is relatively short by today’s standards.  Since the advent of CDs, bands have been making records longer filling up space with “filler songs” so it is refreshing for me to get a disk that I can play all the way through without having to devote too much time.

Vescera, besides its namesake, consists of Mike Petrone on guitar and Franke Leone and Fabio Alessandrini on bass and drums respectively.  As a whole, these guys put on a good performance throughout.  The riffs are catchy, the rhythms are solid, and the songs are melodic.  As I mentioned earlier, these guys are not breaking any new ground in their music but what they do, they do well.  "Beyond the Fight" is a good album and I look forward to the next Vescera (the band) project.  Like Motorhead and AC/DC, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.