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.