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Girlschool - 'Legacy'

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Girlschool - Legacy

Girlschool - Legacy

SPV Records
In 2008 females in heavy metal are pretty common. That wasn't the case in 1978 when Girlschool formed. The British band paved the way and were very influential in showing the world metal wasn't about who you are, but what you can do. They are celebrating their 30th anniversary with Legacy, which is also a tribute to guitarist Kelly Johnson, who passed away last year.

Legacy is a star studded affair, with a lot of special guests. Lending their talents to the project are Ronnie James Dio (Dio, Black Sabbath), Lemmy and Phil Campbell (Motorhead), Eddie Ojeda and J.J. French (Twisted Sister), Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath) and Fast Eddie Clarke (ex-Motorhead).

Girlschool had their greatest success in the early '80s, and instead of resting on their laurels and being content touring and playing their greatest hits, they've written some really strong new material. Several songs on Legacy are as catchy as any of their '80s hits.

The album gets off to a really strong start with tracks that are simple, straightforward metal with great riffs and memorable hooks. There's a bit of a lull in the middle, but Girlschool finishes strong. "I Spy" is featured twice on the album, once with Girlschool's Kim McAuliffe singing, and then as a bonus track with Ronnie James Dio on vocals.

I always enjoy watching eighties Girlschool videos on Metal Mania on VH-1 Classic, but was very pleasantly surprised with how good their new material is. Legacy is the sound of a band that still has plenty left in the tank.

(released November 4, 2008 on SPV Records)

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