Outworld (the band takes their name from Mortal Kombat)
was formed by Rusty Cooley and Bobby Williamson, who
first came together when Williamson contributed to
Cooley's solo album and the pair decided to
continue working together in a band.
draws from a number of genres, and might
best be described as a mix of power, speed, neo-classical
and progressive metal.
Cooley's guitar work is beyond impressive -- the guy is
all over the place, with some truly stupendous solos though
he doesn't overshadow the rest of the band,
as Williamson in particular shines on his own and the
rhythm section guys are no slouches either.
Vocalist Kelly Carpenter (who appears on the album but
has since been replaced) is one of those higher-pitched
vocalists that sometimes divide fans -- he's certainly not
afraid to let loose, and at his best he resembles
Warrel Dane when he goes for the higher screams, though
at times he's just a bit much.
This is a fairly busy album, chock full of riffs and solos, and
by being heavier than most prog bands and flashier than
most conventional metal bands, they may have established
a niche for themselves.
A promising debut for a band that could go places.
Keyboardist Williamson stepped down from the band in March 2008.
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Lords Of Metal
- Raise Hell
- The Never
- City Of The Dead
- Prelude To Madness
- The Grey Tide
- I Thanatos
- Polar (bonus track Japan)
- Kelly Carpenter
- Rusty Cooley
- Shawn Kascak
- Bobby Williamson
- Mikey Lewis