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2009 album from the veteran Metal band led by guitarist Chris Impellitteri. Wicked Maiden re-unites Impellitteri with long time lead vocalist and writing collaborator Rob Rock. Impellitteri have built a strong fan base throughout the world selling over 1 million records. Wicked Maiden is Impellitteri’s Metal masterpiece. The band challenged the boundaries of conventional Metal by utilizing music theory, technique, innovation, technology, and creative story telling. The result is an intense guitar driven metal album that will satisfy the appetite of any true Metal fan. Wicked Maiden features memorable guitar riffs, fast shredding guitar solos, amazing screaming vocals, exciting lyrical content, and a mean heavy rhythm section.

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  • Listened to multiple times prior to this review.

    This album is an odd sounding combination of previously harmonious musicians. Some albums just do not flow; this is one of them. Early Impellitteri works with R. Rock and C. Impell. (e.g., Answer to the Master; Crunch; etc.) did mix well; the lyrics reflected an honest and successful struggle to meld hard music (power metal) with lyrics reflecting real issues that transcend the grave. R. Rock has rightly moved past his Impellitteri past (and joined with Roy Z.) seeking to follow Jesus and express himself with the gifts that he has received from Someone beyond himself. His post Impellitteri independent albums as well as his recent Driver (“Sons of Thunder”) album are examples of fine music with lyrics that thoughtfully blend with skillful instrumentation aimed at a largely irreligious audience. This newest Impellitteri production seems forced, with two wavelengths that never connect. C. Impellitteri’s music is excellent, but at times is pregressive/experimental, with odd and grating shifts in beat that differ from usual melodic power metal. Would fans of Van Halen appreciate an album in a progressive style similar to Dream Theater? Hardly. And the lyrics. . . . What to say? Most seem written on the fly, without the depth of eternal thought that recent Rock lyrics portray. High school angst; waiting for the bell to ring to move to “coming attractions”. . . . And the one song that us religionists would drool over in anticipation (Holy Man = Jesus) features poor music, unharmoniously composed. Come on, Impellitteri; you know how to produce power metal that is melodic! We’re paying money for your product. Deliver!

    Unfortunately this is one of those albums that I’ll need to listen to over and over and over and hope that the sound eventually becomes attractive.

    Posted on December 8, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Who cares if its christen music or not this is a rocking album and it written better and plated better than other albums .It disturbs me when records companies let bands like nickle back degrade woman ,but push them like crazy ,and heres a cd with great lyrics no cussing and a relious theme ,yet they fly under the radar.After the garden of eaden this album takes off to one of impellitteri greastest cd from eyesof a angel ,high school revolution ,tothe battle rages on this is a rocking cd,buy it iam sure you wont be dissapointed I hope this review was helpfull to you

    Posted on December 8, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • His last two albums have been so lame its sad. I love all his other albums so I thought with bob rock coming back this one would be good. I was wrong. Chris I don’t know whats wrong but fix it will ya, I miss the old cranking tunes.

    Posted on December 8, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Chris Impellitteri has been around a long time yet always seems to be relegated to the shadow of Malmsteen. If you search back through each catalog I would say that Imp has been the more consistent of the two and doesn’t have the albums that seem to be more about showing off then quality music. Here he’s back with Rob Rock at the vocal helm to give us another high quality outing of their brand of power/classical metal. Unlike the last album, which had more downtuned guitars, Imp is back to his more usual tunings and the speed mixed with catchiness are in full effect. After the career Rob and Chris have had it’s really too bad he’s not more known in the states but I guess there’s always Japan.

    Posted on December 7, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • The reunion album for Chris Impellitteri with Rob Rock is well worth the import price. I had to buy this after hearing the title track on the band’s Myspace page, which floored me. Incredible guitar from Chris Impellitteri. Rob Rock sounds even better than usual (there’s some stuff here that even puts “in his prime” Halford to shame). Only dud is Hi-Scool Revolution (kind of a hair metal vibe but maybe that’s just me), every other track is great. Lots of Christian lyrics, so be advised. Even if you aren’t Christian, as long as you enjoy great music and are open minded this is a great album.

    Posted on December 7, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now