Artist: Jack Starr featuring Rhett Forrester  
   Title:  Out Of The Darkness
   Label: Limb Music  
 

Wow hereís an album thatís come back with a vengeance from the Eighties, 'Out of the Darkness' was released in 1984 and has been brought back to the hard rocking world with ten of the original tracks, and six bonus tracks from Jack Starrís portfolio.  Jack Starr is not as well-known as he rightly deserves to be. To be brutally honest I kind of remember this album from 1984, it was in the middle of my Twisted Sister obsession, and so kind of passed me by! How stupid! You know what, hearing this album gave me goosebumps the first time I heard it, and am so pleased those lovely people over at The Mayfair Mall Magazine Towers sent me this to review. 

This is a stunning classic Heavy Metal album that deserved more attention and kudos when it was first released in 1984.  I hope that will be the case now with 'Out of the Darkness'. The album featured Rhett Forrester who was the front man of Riot between 1981 -1984 and performed on this album with Jack Starr, and released two further solo albums before he was murdered in a failed carjacking at the age of 37 in 1994.  So what we have here is ten awesome, stunning Heavy Metal tunes that have stood the test of time and will continue to do so.

'Out of the Darkness' has everything, from Heavy Metal / Hard Rock even touching on some Jazz and Progressive Bluesy Rock.  'Concrete Warrior' opens the album and promises you that, you have a real gem in your clutches, the solos, gritty vocals and all round superb musicianship leaves you open jawed and salivating for more.  'False Messiah' would have fitted on any album from Black Sabbaths Tony Martin era; itís got that doomy groove and vocal finesse from Forrester that made me double take on the first listen as this could easily come from 'The Headless Cross'.  Wow you have to seriously check out 'Scorcher', as the title suggests it's one and a half minutes of electrifying, and pulsating guitarmanship from Starr to rattle the dentures in your grannies mouth!  

'Wild on the Streets' is standard Eighties fare and continues to showcase Starrís amazing axe wielding skills.  Now 'I Canít Let You Walk Away' is a beautiful ballad that gave this dude chills the first time I heard it, especially half way through itís an immense song that would and should have out stripped any AOR bands singles back in the day.  'Chains of Love' and the next song 'Eyes of Fire' sees the furnace door wrenched open, then fire and brimstone is delivered as Heavy Metal abandonment returns to sear your senses and have you head-banging into the night.  'Odile' is a blues drenched and hauntingly special instrumental with a twist of steel.  Now I am not a mega fan of instrumentals, but hell the instrumentals on here and the bonus ones are out of this world. 

'Letís Get Crazy Again' just sums up for me how Heavy Metal used to be back in the Eighties, it was fun, happy party times. The album ends with an instrumental of 'Amazing Grace' which is simply immense.  On to the bonus tracks which are all stunning.  Now for me personally, too many instrumentals bore me stupid, but you know what, these didnít, they are all unique, challenging and keep you hooked into Starrís prolific talents.  There arenít any words to say how good this whole re-mastered work of art is ... Just buy it!

Review by: Seb Di Gatto 

Tracklisting:

1. Concrete Warrior
2. False Messiah
3. Scorcher
4. Wild in the Streets
5. I can't Let You Walk Away
5. Chains of Love
7. Eyes of Fire
8. Odile
9. Let's get Crazy Again
10. Amazing Grace
11. Exodus
12. Interlude in the Afternoon
13. Sundance Strut
14. Love in the Rain
15. Last Date
16. Blue Tears Falling
    

      

 

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