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Space Vacation / Press

“Each track on Cosmic Vanguard is dripping with melodic old school metal of the finest vintage. As you slide down the rabbit hole, you discover the world of metal as it used to be, how it was created in the first place and how it should be."”

“The dynamic mixture of groove, melody, harmony, and the fraggin' boatload, we're talking cruise ship here, of riffs and bitchin' solos make Space Vacation 'true' metal monsters. And you won't want to miss a single tasty lick”

“Cauldron fans, High Spirits fans, NWOBHM fans, heavy metal maniacs - Space Vacation hit a grand slam on this platter. "Cosmic Vanguard" is that awesome of a record, folks.”

“SPACE VACATION s/t (self-released) ...please don't let the goofy name put you off, we were surprised too when when we first heard 'em, but Space Vacation are indeed one of the best '80s influenced, heavy but brilliantly poppy metal band we've come across in ages. With galloping riffs, shredding solos, catchy licks, stick twirling hard hitting drumming, and stick-in-yer-head choruses, what's not to love?... we'd put this up against anything today of that old school melodic metal ilk, like Priestess, Cauldron, whomever. And you ironic inde rock types can take solace in the clever, not as cliched as you'd think lyrics that both celebrate and subvert the cliches of heavy metal. ”

“With their arena rock harmonies, dramatic vocals, and a tendency for guitar-god clichés, Space Vacation lauds the ways of Queen, Van Halen, of The Darkness even, with their power chords and pop hooks, their harmonics and tuning. Lyrics like "And I never thought I'd die heavy metal / with my guitar in my hand" seem irreverent (and purposely so) but not unholy. Singer Scott Shapiro's vocals open up, operatic at times, and he shows off his range, proving the band is more sincere than screwy.”