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Stabile, guest guitarist Chris Gaf- fery of Savatage, and guest key- boardist Michael Pinnella of Sym- phony X. Surprisingly meaningful lyrics on several of the nine tracks and spectacular vocals by front man Hollywood How add to the record’s strength. Throughout, Dark Sky Choir rely heavily on the influences they’ve developed over the years individ- ually and as a metal tribute. A hint of Metallica surfaces on the politi- cal opener, “Death of a Nation,” which mourns the current state of government in America. Motley Crue get the nod in the snotty sin- gle, “Like It or Not.” “Walking By Myself” struts with the rebellious attitude of Skid Row but with the structure and progressions of Ju- NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 5 das Priest and Iron Maiden. Particularly snappy production helps “The Sails of Charon” glide into a nice acoustic finish. The mercy-minded “Cry for the Le- gions” shows the compassionate side of the bands as they march and stomp toward a solution to the world’s ills. They also have something to say about the lunacy and stupidity of war through the eyes of a combat sniper on the ironically versed “Show No Mer- cy,” featuring an explosive solo by Caffery. But the standout track is the most beautiful: the closing Wizards of Winter/Trans-Siberian Orchestra-like instrumental “Bed- ouin Caravan,” which ably blends layers of Gorhaus’ guitars and Pinnella’s keyboards into a suite INDEX 151