(7/10) It seem that projects are gaining momentum. Different musicians from different bands are teaming up more and more in order to release an album. This time it is Andrew Szucs (Seven Seraphim) who started Blackwelder together with Primal Fear siren Ralf Scheepers , Björn Englen (Dio Disciples and ex- Yngwie Malmsteen) and Aquiles Prieser (Hangar and ex-Angra).
"Survival of the fittest" is based on Seven Seraphim's "Believe in angels" release. What was meant to become the successor of the mention album turned into a new project - Blackwelder. Szucs added the rythm section and as the last step a powerful singer was needed. And who could do such a job better than Ralf Scheepers.
The result of this cooperation is now out in the record stores. "Survival of the fittest" is a metal record with ten tracks. The power metal of Blackwelder isn't something that will turn the genre upside down. But it is interesting stuff which is enriched by Scheepers voice very much, esp. since the singer can show partly additional shades of his enormous vocal range.
There are some really good headbangers on the album. The powerful "Freeway of life" is one of the those tunes and also "Inner voice" with a moderate pace and some neo-classic guitars are belonging to the credit side of the "Survival of the fittest".
In general I have to say that for me the album starts with track number four. Unfortunately the first three tues aren't the best ones and you have to bite through to be rewarded. The atmospheric opener "The night of the new moon" is average but OK, while "Spaceman" is by far the weakest number on the album. And I leave it up to you if the Malmsteen-like instrumental "Adeturi" was needed.
All in all "Survival of the fittest" is an album that has some real highlights, but has also some downers. Fortunately Scheepers vocals are a real highlight and compensate for a few other things. For power metal fans something to give a try.
- The night of the moon
- Play some more
- With flying colours
- Inner voice
- Remember the time
- Freeway of life
- Oriental spell
- Judgement day
Label: Golden Core
Genre: Power Metal