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Casus Belli - In The Name Of The Rose - 2005 - SPV

Track Listing
1. I`m Your Master
2. Vengeance Is My Law
3. Holy Gates (In The Name Of Rose)
4. Diamond Crown
5. Edge Of A Knife
6. Initiation (Promised Land)
7. Isolation
8. Naked King
9. Wrongly Right
10. Eastern Dance
11. Whispering
Casus Belli is a great power metal band from Greece, who have just released their sophomore effort called "In The Name Of The Rose", a phenomenal guitar driven epic piece that should please fans of Firewind, Dream Evil, and Messiah's Kiss. Led by the talented frontman Panos Dedes and the guitar god Panos Arvanitis, Casus Belli are well on their way to global recognition within the metal community. "In The Name Of The Rose" embarks on eleven strong, healthy cuts that are mostly mid-tempo, powerful slabs with huge solos and and a fast double bass arrangement. Each cut is just bombastic in delivery, each built on catchy chorus lines and quick, melodic signatures.

The band originally recorded a demo in 1998 with the help of Rage mainman Peavy Wagner. That collaboration probably opened a few doors for the band, and soon after the band released their debut record "Mirror Out Of Time". A brief hiatus went in effect after the release and singer Panos Dedes tried out for the vacant Judas Priest slot. He was asked to send in another, more powerful song and was rejected after that. It is really unfortunate as Dedes is a fantastic vocalist with plenty of range. Thankfully Casus Belli went back into the studio and the end result is a fantastic power metal record that hopefully will lead to more recordings.

Favorite Cuts - "Vengeance Is My Law", "Eastern Dance", and "Edge Of A Knife".


--EC 11.18.05
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Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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