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Messiah's Kiss
Get Your Bulls Out

Company: Massacre
Release: 2014
Genre: Hard Rock, power
Reviewer: Eric Compton
  • Hefty power driven metal



  • Germany's Messiah's Kiss have been an uncompromising hard rock outfit over the last fourteen years. Unlike other bands of the flock, the group haven't released an abundance of recordings, only four over the course of their career. The group's first two records, 'Prayer for the Dying' (2002) and 'Metal' (2004), could be juxtaposed with Primal Fear and Sinner in terms of hefty power driven metal. American vocalist Mike Tirelli (Holy Mother, ex-Burning Starr) has a mid-range delivery somewhere between Dio and Tony Martin and reminiscent of fellow American Johnny Gioeli's treatment of like-minded European flare with Axel Rudi Pell. The band's third album, 'Dragonheart' (2007), embraced more traditionalism and power metal mentality that displaced the band into a heavily-crowded genre that lost some of the early momentum. Seven years later the band are back on target with 'Get Your Bulls Out' and a return to the band's hale and sturdy early sound. "Time to Say Goodbye" and "Nobody Says Your Name" are lively rockers that utilize harmonized vocals and ascending riffs throughout. Both "Mission to Kill" and "Only Murderers Kill Time" are album highlights, faster frenzies of classic heavy metal that permeate with twin guitar runs and busy cymbal work. The steady bass lines and double bass rhythm elevates "Buried Alive" to the top of the stack. Overall this is a homogeneous mix of powerful vocals, polished strings and a production standard that exemplifies professionalism.


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    Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

    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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