Rachel Lorin and The Black straps are a newly formed group that have already hit number one on Reverb Nation in New York City, something that doesn’t surprise me one bit after hearing their red hot single “It’s In Me.” Co-produced by Tony Harnell of TNT fame and the band’s spectacular guitarist Stefan Altzar, it’s the most pristine melodic metal song I’ve heard in ages. (Somebody send this to Frontiers Records already!) It somehow manages to split the difference between old school heavy metal and modern metal bands like Evanescence and Within Temptation. To that end, Rachel’s voice reminds me of Evanescence’s Amy Lee in the sense that it’s powerful and conveys emotions bountifully. At the same time, she has the sweetness of Emm Gryner, one of my favorite singer/songwriters, and the attitude of Lita Ford. With any luck, a few years from now people will be comparing new metal singers to Rachel, as she seems destined to rise to the top of the genre, especially if the rest of her songs are as edgy and rockin’ as this.
“It’s in me / The air that I breathe / I have become what I wanted to be,” Rachel sings proudly here. And you’ll be glad she did.
Rachel is awesome. When I first met her I didn’t know what to expect. But when I talked and laughed with her; And she also has jokes I came to love the person that is her. She has became a good friend, even though I don’t get to see her often. She keeps it 100 and I’ll always have her back, showing her my support. She is the best cause she gives her best. One love Rachel. And don’t stop rockin.