This French one-man project, which currently seems to have added two members for live performances and clips, has been around since 2013. He dedicated his life to metal and certainly knows how to write decent songs. Apart from the many lyrics, there's little 'French' about the whole project. If anything, the whole sounds English or American, which usually is a good thing with heavy metal. So prepare to bang your heads and raise your horned fists, old school style.
Main influences for Dean Wallace seem to be bands like Metallica, Pantera, Iron Maiden and Megadeth. There's flashes from these bands everywhere, from the almost industrial riffing to the clearly Hetfield inspired vocals. In a way, yes, you could see this as a Metallica tribute, fitting in somewhere between And Justice For All, The Black Album and Load. Yet, on the other hand, it's not mere a clone or tribute. This is a cohesive set of metal songs, inspired by the great ones.
There's plenty of highlights on the album. I really dig songs like 'Our Only Chance', 'I'm Not A Hero' and 'It's My Turn'. They're heavy, loaded with massive riffs and Wallace's strong vocals and they never disappoint. Besides, there's even room for a nice ballad in 'My Eternal Why', which resembles many classic heavy metal ballads and serves as an excellent breather on this album. The song is follow by the speed metal thrasher 'Flying Coffin', another great song
So if you're into excellent; flashing guitar play, strong rhythms and clean, raspy and powerful vocals, this definitely is your thing. I'm quite sure many metalheads will unite around the stages where Dean Wallace and band play, intensely enjoying some classic heavy and speed metal. So get your boots, patched jeans and black leather pants, raise your horned fists and become a part of the metal family.