"Apocrypha" (Independent; 2023)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Nikki Stringfield is a metal guitarist of some note. She currently plays for both The Iron Maidens and Femme Fatale.

R. Scott Bolton and I saw the Iron Maidens a few months ago, an all-female band dedicated to the music of Iron Maiden, and let me tell you this band did the Maiden boys proud. The show was off the charts good!

Nikki's debut full-length album is called "Apocrypha," (I had to look the term up and it means "a biblical writing . . . not forming part of the accepted canon of Scripture" (thank you Wikipedia). This is good, solid rock music from the core. Nikki's voice is perfect for this music that comes from heavy guitars (of course); however, that is not only what makes this music interesting to me. The lyrics are excellent and blend with the music perfectly.

Slow ballads with rocking guitars and thundering metal/rock music is all part of this listening experience. Nikki Stringfield is one talented guitarist/vocalist, and if she has to be in a cover band it might as well be in the mighty Iron Maidens as long as she continues to write and record her own brilliant music, like that found on "Apocrypha."

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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