Return of the Metal

By Jay Oakley

Varga's new album "Return of the Metal" is very well titled because it's a really heavy, progressive-style record highlighted by crushing drums on every track. Dan Fila pounds the drums like the kit owes him money and vocalist / bassist Joe Varga really unleashes his vocal style which at times has an uncanny similarity to King Diamond, especially on the opening track "Three Section Staff." Guitarists Sean Williamson and Adam Alex round out the Canadian quartet who are coming off an extended hiatus but with two album releases in the last two years Varga is set to take a run at claiming what's theirs and bringing their brand of slamming heavy metal to the masses.