[ Logo: Nova Skellis ]
9,5 / 10
➤ "... a classic American-style Metal album that sounds really hungry and is packed with joy of playing and frenzy ... no matter which song you choose ... the level is consistent ... straight power songs between fast, driving numbers and midtempo material and even doom ... Falcon Eddie hasn't forgotten anything ... a feast for friends of energetic, rough vocals ... full of hits ... a real highlight of the year ..."
9 / 10
➤ "The debut succeeds excellently ... lush and varied songs ... the guitars often set important accents ... the vocals of Falcon Eddie fit the music excellently at all times ... an album without lengths and major flaws ... have what it takes to shake up the international Metal scene ..."
9 / 10
➤ "NOVA SKELLIS hitting the ground running. And running hard! The band giving every metalhead exactly what they crave – total head bang ability! Roaring from one end of the Heavy Metal genre to the other! Not forgetting their frequent trips over the wall to Power Metal land and back!"
(Metal Gods TV)
8,9 / 10
➤ "A really great disc ... varied US Power Metal that pulls out all the stops vocally and instrumentally. You don't stay in a comfort zone, but explore Speed Metal, Rock and Doom ... something glorious this way comes …"
(Time For Metal)
8,5 / 10
➤ "... especially on the second half of the album, one smash hit follows the next ... 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' is absolutely catchy ... concise, expressive vocals, formidably staged ... a thoroughly appealing release that should delight fans of Metal Church and consorts ..."
8,5 / 10
➤ "... impressive ... Eddie really gets everything out of himself ... I would roughly describe his incisive vocals as a mix between David Wayne (RIP Reverend) and Jason McMaster (Watchtower, among others) with high recognition value ..."
8,5 / 10
➤ "If you didn't know that the Rock voice 'par excellence' of Ronnie James Dio has left the scene, you might well suspect him here ... galloping rhythms ... pushes hard ... melodic ... a very remarkable work ... convinces with energy, dynamics and merciless ingenuity ... a strong performance for a debut …"
8,5 / 10
➤ "... sounds very homogeneous and self-contained ... harmonizes in all corners and ends ... the songs have a great dynamic, go well into the ear and have with slightly epic, but also the doomy thought exactly the ingredients in themselves, which fans of Phantom already adored ... US Metal underground romantics may now also officially jump in the triangle for joy ... here a few Riot and Jag Panzer moments, there a strong Destiny's End and Metal Church impact ... a very tasty US Metal miscellany ... a small US Power Metal jewel ..."
8,5 / 10
➤ "The joy days for US Metal fans continue ... absolute must-have for fans of Metal Church and Vicious Rumors ... yearly poll contender ... "
8 / 10
➤ "... celebrates the comeback of Edward Green, better known as Falcon Eddie from legendary New York Power Metallers PHANTOM ... fine, unique US metallic touch ..."
8 / 10
➤ "... really good US Metal in pure culture ... doublebass-crashers with high, powerful vocals in the best tradition ... everything from one cast ... the riffs bang without end, the high vocals are powerful ... everything was accompanied by a crystal clear, powerful production. If you like bands like Metal Church, Omen, Vicious Rumors or even Phantom, you can't miss NOVA SKELLIS."
8 / 10
➤ "… contains ten tracks in the best US Metal tradition … each song has its own face and makes sure that this debut is traditional, heavy and varied … a cacophony of beefy, edgy, devouring and assaulting Metal riffs and melodies strongly reminiscent of bands like Helloween, Dio and Iron Maiden … the two strongest songs 'Mother May I?' and 'Once Upon A Time' could have been on any Dio album … a very enjoyable, rocking and head banging debut album … any Metal or NWOBHM fan will certainly not be disappointed …"
7,5 / 10
➤ "... one of the album's strengths is its chameleon-like character ... each song has a different soul ... an excellent start for the New York band ... a good debut album that immediately demonstrates stylistic and sonic versatility ... compact and coherent, yet varied and multi-faceted ..."
(Heavy Metal Webzine IT)
➤ "... perfect US Power Metal in all its shades: driving, epic, speedy, doomy and hard-rocking ... everything fits together, always seems well thought out and shines both with great individual songs and in its entirety as a compact long player ... Edward Green has lost nothing of his voice and inspires with a fantastic performance ... like from the textbook ... immediately puts fans of Jag Panzer or Destiny's End in ecstasy ... formidable stainless steel ... one of the first really big highlights of the year 2023 ..."
➤ "… start listening to the first chords and say .....ummmmm, this sounds great, Iron Maiden, no, this is Dio, no, but the sound is extremely close and incredibly captivating … the guitars are riding you to moments, places and perceptions with extremely positive sensations, incredible … I have the impression that Metal is more alive than ever …"
(Nada Hay Bajo El Sol)
➤ "Off the bat NOVA SKELLIS swings the title track into action, wielding the classic US Power Metal axe like never before … a perfect symbioses of classic Metal ingredients that is empowered by Eddie’s wonderful versatile vocals … is a trident of untied Metal forces … make sure to listen in and flex your neck-muscles. Tip for the Top!"
➤ "... a truly identifiable sound offers this band its own identity ... very varied ... without redundancy ... essentially a very enjoyable opus that seeks to prove that even after 30 years, the frontman is still capable of offering soaring albums that don't hesitate to move style codes."
(Metal In Veins)
➤ "If Metal music is a niche, then NOVA SKELLIS' chosen subgenre is a niche of a niche... what really matters is the drive to make great Metal music, as good and as enthusiastic as possible. Nothing else matters - oops: that's what's here with 'Life Amongst The Damned' - an album recorded with that thirst for blood … the general mood of the band is somewhat related to Dio."
➤ "... classic US Metal with great vocals ... should make every US metal fan click their tongue ... riff-driven ... with strong guitar work ... with great melody arcs ... all in all NOVA SKELLIS have managed to create a rich, warm and very genuine sound here, as you hear it far too rarely nowadays ... very awesome disc ..."
➤ "… the guitar sound gives me distinct associations to the earlier albums by legendary cult band Manilla Road … everything about this album comes with a touch of the 1980's, up to and including the sound aesthetics … remembers me on the albums by US Metal bands that were reissued by French label Black Dragon Records back in the day … if you enjoy US Metal from the mid 80's in general and the Power Metal and Heavy Metal bands from that region and era in particular, chances are good that you will be swayed by the charms of this album …"
(The Viking In The Wilderness)
➤ "... I immediately have to think of METAL CHURCH or VICIOUS RUMORS ... absolutely typical US Power Metal as one would like to hear it from the mentioned bands again today on this level ... a strong debut album of a band from which one will hopefully hear a lot more ..."
➤ "Overall, a barnstorming album of hard hitting Heavy Metal, one hundred percent infectious and immensely head bang-able."
➤ "… beautifully executed … Falcon Eddie's vocals on the tracks 'Wicked Child' and 'Morrigan's Rade' don't even sound like his own, we could mistake them for Ronnie James Dio's! … the album is enjoyable, it has many positive notes such as Eddie's vocals that manage to adapt to the interpretations of the songs and the music and Spalvieri's guitar that technically never makes mistakes …"
(Italia Di Metallo)
➤ "‚Life Amongst The Damned‘ is an album that wants to keep alive certain sounds of the past but also give variety to its style and succeeds well in both tasks. If you like classic Heavy Metal, whether American or European doesn't matter, this album is for you."
(The Murder Inn)