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Split Heaven


Psycho Samurai

Year: 2010
Format: CD
Label: High Roller / Blower Records
Genre: [Heavy / Speed Metal]
Overall Rating: 8.5
Music: 8.5
Production: 8.5

Following the psyched, high-pitched vocals of Eligio Valenzuela of the self-titled killer, “Psycho Samurai”, it is signed, sealed and delivered why the 80’s is such an amazing era to be influenced by. As another addition to the newcomer bands’ family, Split Heaven is a group that does not share the same beliefs as modernized Metal bands.

This reviewer wrote about those kinds of bands as Split Heaven, as they are the keepers of the old guard and their numbers are rising. Their principle is to preserve Metal as old school as it can be. Heavy Metal, Power Metal and their father, NWOBHM, co-exist on the muchachos’ new and second album, Psycho Samurai, and nothing can break the bond between them. This bond is the vintage power of Metal and why its sound production, old styles of playing / performance, serve as the addicting drug to be consumed more and more.

Along with the old link, Split Heaven made a very good release that had been enriched with fine melodies al’a the early 80’s of the British scene and its American counterpart. Their relentless speeding, which reminds the beginning of Speed Metal, and the hymn like structural type of Metal, will bring back the past to knock on your doors. Several of older bands’ influences might launch you to Iron Maiden, Riot, Tokyo Blade, Accept and you just can miss Savatage and Crimson Glory (especially noted by the high-pitch mania, way to go Valenzuela!!). This list can go on and on presenting a vast line of groups in order to show you that Split Heaven, as reminiscent of many of their league, were influenced by top class bands. However, this band did hand out something that is probable to being heard many times, yet, they knew were to punch and how to write material that flags good quality.

Psycho Samurai challenges the modern with great delivered tunes of vintage speed (“Immortal”, “Psycho Samurai”, “Steel Liver”). Heavy melodic scorchers (“Split Heaven”, a tune taken from their debut as an add-on from High Roller Records, “Motorblade”, “Iron Witch”, “White Death” and another soul of fire, “My Soul Burns Forever”).

This album, originally released by Blower Records in 2008, was re-released on vinyl by High Roller Records with two extras for you to dig in. If you are into the 80’s, you are in for Split Heaven. This is an undeniable “must have”, so go on and snatch it. If there is a Split Heaven out there above, it is probably above Mexico. Salute to the 80’s!

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- Lior “Steinmetal” Stein (April, 18th 2010)

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Valenzuela, Eligio: Vocals
Zelbohr, Pedro: Guitar, Bass
Ramos, Armand "Hank": Guitar
Roitman, Tommy "Drumdestroyer": Bass
Hernández, Taii: Drums
Producer: Unknown
Mixing by: Unknown
Mastering by: Unknown
Split Heaven - Psycho Samurai  CD  Cover Image
01. Forged by Steel (intro)
02. Immortal
03. White Death
04. Psycho Samurai
05. The Wizard
06. Iron Witch
07. The Golden Times
08. Motorblade
09. My Soul Burns Forever
10. Steel Live
11. Split Heaven (exclusive bonus track)
12. Eternal Life (exclusive bonus track)
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