Everyone enjoys a good horror story and I think the Italians had the talent to create good horror stories. If you are not aware of the Italian horror cinema, then you don’t know what you are missing. STORY OF JADE seems to be inspired by the horror genre and through the music they try to tell us their own stories and give us some chills. “Loony Bin” is their sophomore release and comes 4 years after their debut album entitled “The Damned Next Door”.
THE COVER: It is a picture of a female person that wears a straitjacket. Obviously madness and horror stories go hand in hand. It might not be something original, but yet it fits to the musical personality of the band and the album.
MUSICAL STYLE: The band names its musical style as horror metal and this is a genre that has included many bands and artists that range from ALICE COOPER, KING DIAMOND, LORDI, HALLOWEEN, DEATH SS to CRADLE OF FILTH and ROB ZOMBIE. The basis though of STORY OF JADE is traditional heavy metal and sometimes they use some keyboards in order to create a gothic atmosphere. When the band becomes more aggressive then they also use thrash metal riffs. So it is obvious that STORY OF JADE musically moves in the heavy/thrash metal sound.
COMPOSITIONS: Their new album includes 11 compositions in which you can find a guest appearance of Gerre from TANKARD on the song “Blood Hangover”. The band moves between heavy and thrash metal and they have managed to create a recognizable sound. Also impressive are their lead and solo parts which are quite technical and imaginative. In my opinion in their sound there are some references to bands like KING DIAMOND and when they become more gothic and aggressive I have discovered a reference to CRADLE OF FILTH. The sure thing is that there is a lot of variety here.
CONCLUSION: I can easily imagine the music of STORY OF JADE being the score for a horror movie and this is a success since the band claims to play horror metal. So, if you are into heavy/thrash metal and you like horror stories too, then you will enjoy them too.