SPACE VACATION - Cosmic Vanguard
Pure Steel Records
Ok, we have said so many times that we live in the era that 80’s heavy metal sound is back for good. It is also a great time to find out which artists just “steal” and copy the glory of the 80’s and which ones are inspired from that era. SPACE VACATION from the United States are definitely inspired by the N.W.O.B.H.M. sound, but somehow -and this is their magic- they manage to add also U.S. metal elements in their music. I think that SPACE VACATION give us a glimpse of how N.W.O.B.H.M. would sound if it was invented on U.S. ground. As for their influences, well of course they have IRON MAIDEN references, but I think that their musical philosophy is closer to such bands like GRIM REAPER and SAXON. The fact, though, is that SPACE VACATION have a musical identity and they incorporate influences in a way that enriches their sound and doesn’t change it a bit. It is good to be old school and it is even better to reinvent traditional metal forms and give them a contemporary sound and this is exactly what SPACE VACATION do here.
Nick "Verkaim" Parastatidis