Fortunately, Philadelphia’s Wastoid is living in a 1983 music world and giving the middle finger to the 2003 establishment. Steeped in the tradition of the previously mentioned bands, “Say Your Prayers” recalls an era of good time metal and songs about the glory of rock.
Opening track “Long Live Rock And Roll” harkens back to the days of “Screaming For Vengeance” era Judas Priest and the sadly underrated Rods. Vocalist Chris Cozine sounds like a cross between Rob Halford and Freddie Mercury. Cozine’s performance background goes all the way back to grade school and obviously he has been well schooled in vocal technique. His vocal delivery on “Mountain Of Fire” is especially impressive setting the stage for the guitar heroics of Chris DiPinto and Joe Johnson. Check out the end of the break on this song and see if Bruce and ‘Arry come to mind!
The seven plus minutes of “Magic Journey” rips through the speakers prodded on by the twin guitar attack of DiPinto and Johnson featuring a flamenco styled acoustic break in the middle for good measure. These guys do not find the word “solo” to be derogatory by any means. Instrumental track “Leif Erickson Overture” is a well crafted song that has a mid 80’s Iron Maiden feel throughout. As for the bottom end, Ben Brower knows what a hard rock drum set should sound like. His tight snare beats compliment the vocals and guitars. Bassist Sophy holds together the back end as well with her steady playing. Fortunately, Wastoid sees no need in having a slap bass player and drums that sound like they were tuned by a slacker. Closing track “Rock Hott” is a fast-paced, straight ahead rocker that closes the CD on a positive note.
Overall, “Say Your Prayers” by Wastoid is the best hard rock CD I have come across thus far in 2003. The musicians diverse backgrounds and experiences obviously contributed to the creation of such an excellent release. Century Media, SPV and Metal Blade definitely should take notice.