Metal for Cancer Dragon slayer All star Project – Let’s unite in rock

The title of the project is a bit of a moutful – Metal for Cancer Dragon slayer All star Project, but its fairly simple if you split it up – ignore the Dragon slayer part, and focus on the rest – “All star project” and “Metal for cancer” – that tells you what you need to know – it’s an all-star group who have recorded a single to raise money for charity. The charity benefitting in this case is as the name suggests, a cancer charity – ACRF (Australian Cancer Research Foundation) www.acrf.com.au

OK, so it’s raising money for a good cause, but lets be honest, charity singles are pretty variable in quality, so the important bits here are 1) is the song any good? and 2) are the musicians worthy of the “all star” label?

Looking at the lineup first of all, as you’ll see from the list below there’s certainly some impressive talent here with current or former members of bands including Arch Enemy, Therion, TNT, Shy, Serpentine, Megadeth, Testament, Fate, Sonata Arctica, Northern kings, Evil Masquerade, and more.

Now what about the song? Well, I have to say it’s a great song – well written (by Henrik Flyman of Evil Masquerade), and well performed. The song includes some great guitar solos, a good strong catchy chorus and some great vocal performances. In short it’s a song that would sell well if released as a normal single – it’s not relying on the fact that it’s for charity to convince people to buy it – it really is a song that is worth buying.

If you want to buy a copy (and I definitely recommend it) then go to www.metalforcancer.com and buy a copy of the song. It’s for a very good cause and all income is donated to the AUSTRALIAN CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION.

www.metalforcancer.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Metal-For-Cancer/230467360301423
www.reverbnation.com/ofsoski
www.empiresofeden.com

Rating: 9/10

THE BAND:

Henrik Flyman – guitar (Evil Masquerade)
Peter Wildoer – drums (James LaBrie, Darkane, Arch Enemy)
Thor Jeppesen – bass (Evil Masquerade)
Artur Meinild – keyboard (Evil Masquerade)

SINGERS:

Mats Leven (Therion, Yngwie Malmsteen)
Snowy Shaw (Therion, Mercyful Fate, Dream Evil)
Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica, Northern Kings)
Apollo Papathanasio (Evil Masquerade, Firewind, Spiritual Beggars)
Tony Mills (TNT, Shy, Serpentine)
Silvio Massaro (Vanishing Point)
Richard Ofsoski (Ofsoski, Sedition)
Henrik Flyman (Evil Masquerade)
Lance King (Avian, Pyramaze)
Dagfinn Joensen (Fate)

LEAD GUITARISTS:

Glen Drover (Megadeth, Testament, Eidolon)
Henrik Flyman (Evil Masquerade)
Stu Marshall (Empires Of Eden)

About Ant May

I spend half my life at gigs or festivals and the other half writing the reviews and editing photos, and somehow find time for a full time job too. Who needs sleep - I've got coffee.
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