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“Hailing from Pennsylvania, Power Theory present their debut album, which was originally self released last year. Touching on classic metal sounds, there are plenty of British influences, but with a vocal phrasing that is similar to WASP’s Blackie Lawless in some places. If that is not enough to wet your pallet, there is no compromise in quality, especially taking a stab in the dark with an epic ballad in “When The Rain Comes Down”; this even possesses the same build up as considered classics ‘Sleeping (In The Fire) and even “The Idol”, both by the aforementioned WASP. There are moments of average thrash attempted, but the main jewel in the crown is the traditional metal, “Never Surrender (Terror Time)” particularly stands out as ranking alongside the British Metal greats – no not Priest (as nearly every band appears to have that influence), but Saxon, Samson (“Shock Tactics” era) and similar ilk genre defining greats! There are rousing sing along choruses and shr”
“Producer Achim Kohler, who has already worked with the likes of Brainstorm and Primal Fear, has the production nailed to a tee; it is vibrant and easily displays the music of these Americans. Take the opener, “Prevaricator”, which rhythmically gives the album a fresh edge and a strong foundation for what will be built upon throughout its runtime. Even the epic features on “Revelation” tag themselves to early US power Metal; Malice springs to mind and some NWOBHM in a rush of excitement that gives you a powerful vocal delivery by Santini, although there seems to be little restraint. But you better believe that this is authentic. The closing track gallops and shreds to pieces, using every trick in the musician’s arsenal. A strong release, though I feel this band could give more, but in the meantime it will do nicely thank you very much! ”
"Pure Steel 2011. Fantastic US power metal band from pensylvania. In the vein of METAL CHURCH, old SAVATAGE and some NWoBHM influences. The voice is very close to the legendary DAVID WAYNE (R.I.P.)."
"what POWER THEORY represents musically: classic, crunchy, riff-based and strongly NWOBHM-flavored Heavy Metal that takes no prisoners, but rolls over its listeners beautifully yet so mercilessly like tomorrow would never come.The quality voice of Dave Santini also adds nicely sort of 'feeling home' vibe to the record, reminding me vocally of a cross between Udo Dirkschneider, Biff Byford and even Sy Keeler occasionally here and there, whilst instrumental-wise the other musicians in the band seem to be well aware of their roles to support Bob's original vision about POWER THEORY. "Out Of The Ashes, Into The Fire" earns a fair amount of ' thumbs up' for being a good Metal record"!
"This is a new US band who are very into early Euro classic metal like UDO, Accept, and Saxon. This is a crunchy, headbanging, riff-oriented affair that has no ambition to break any molds, it just wants to have a good time. The vocals are that kind of rough and ready snarl which very much reminds me of Udo or Biff Byford in the old days. Some of the leads on here are really kickass, and the band shows a real flair for pounding, propulsive riffs."
"Representing elements from classic and melodic metal, all combined with clear influence of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest in a mix of some great thrash — Pennsylvania’s Power Theory have taken their self-released 11-track album Out of Ashes, Into the Fire and made it an international independent label’s hit.Out of the Ashes, Into the Fire is quite the treat. For a debut full-length, the caliber of both the composition and musicianship is represented to it’s very best. Power Theory a little bit special.Despite the dark-sounding track names and lyrics, these tracks are surprisingly uplifting. Nothing in this album is overdone where it becomes annoying; no over use of chugging guitars, fast unnecessary solos, or the abuse of high-pitched notes.This Pennsylvania power house might be headed for international stardom — strongly recommend it for those ready to spirit away to the early likes of some good power melodic metal". Hardrock Haven rating:8/10
"Their first full-length debut album Out Of The Ashes, Into The Fire is an intense thrill ride from start to finish. Led by vocalist Dave Santini and Bob “BB” Ballinger, the power and fury of this album is infectious and contagious. The rough and edgy style of Santini’s vocals is very reminiscent of Metal Church’s David Wayne or a young Jon Oliva from Savatage. Combined with the powerful riffs produced by Ballinger, the album has a very “classic” feel and sound."
“Power Theory's Out of the Ashes, Into the Fire is entertaining and original 'true' metal; classic melodic heavy/power metal delivered through strong songs and skillful musicianship.”
“I really enjoyed this debut full length from Power Theory. I think this is pretty solid stuff. I wish these guys the very best of luck in finding an amiable label with the budget to dress this product up with the kind of packaging this music deserves. They obviously busted their collective asses making this thing and the star power mastering skills of Achim Kohler can only help them move in that direction I would think.”
“The album's title track is a right little ass kicker, sure to recall the fierce aggression of mid to late eighties heavy metal, when bands of a more traditional ilk infused steroids into their sound to compete with the emergence of the burgeoning thrash metal scene.”
"Heart of Darkness" opens with a doomy foreboding riff that would make Grandpa Iommi proud, before picking up the slack with a catchy mid-tempo thumping verse section. Guitarist Bob "BB" Ballinger mixes things up a bit on "When The Rain Comes Down" showcasing his acoustic, ballad like abilities under a soothing introspective vocal performance from Mr. Santini. Something really cinematic about this number, offering up a different dynamic all together then the other ten tunes.
“Power Theory are a four piece heavy metal band from Tullytown, Pennsylvania with a broad range of influences culled from the NWOBHM, Bay Area thrash and German power metal genres. They have previously recorded the self released "Metal Forever" EP as well as a CD single prior to this current release.”
“Power Theory. Musically this is no bullshit, meat and potatoes American heavy metal. Vocalist Dave Santini has a somewhat venomous, raspy quality to his voice, but can also hang at the deep end of the pool with more melodic textures as demonstrated on the opening track track "Prevaricator".”
“Power Theory Nearly a year after “Slay(ing) the Beast Within” with a new CD, the Tullytown heavy-metalers make their triumphant return to Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) Saturday night. Old school in a Judas Priest-arm-wrestling-James Dio sort of way, you can tell the guys are metal because that’s what their songs are about. For instance, “Insane (Metal’s Part Of My Brain)!” squeals the lyrics “I don’t care what they say, this feeling never goes away, insane is part of my brain, heavy metal flows through my veins.” For fans of Iron Maiden, ’80s Black Sabbath and Dokken. ON THE BEAT by ”
“Metal Maniaxe Radio Metal Maniaxe Radio is featuring a true Metal band... Metal Maniaxe Radio is featuring a true Metal band from the Philadelphia area called Power Theory (A Metal Maniaxe exclusive) they "ARE" a true metal band as as it says on thier EP. METAL FOREVER!!!!!!”
“5.0 out of 5 stars Metal Forever by Power Theory, May 19, 2009 If you are into Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Manowar then you will like Power Theory, excellent guitar riffs with powerful vocals puts this album in a class with the fore mentioned bands, I can only wait to see what they think of next.”
"Tullytown headbangers remain spellbound on vintage heavy metal seen in Dokken and Manowar dramatics, while dropping triumphant choruses insisting the listener to "SLAY THE BEAST WITHIN." in Trenton, NJ. For their CD release Party. Friday May 15th 2009
“ WZZO fm 95.1 "Power Theory is the tightest groups of metal musi... "Power Theory is the tightest groups of metal musicians that i've heard in a while! fuckin' TIGHT guitars, fuckin' TIGHT drums----fuckin' METAL!"”