Messiah's Kiss Metal 2004 SPV/Steamhammer - Reviewed by: IcedMojo
1. Execrate 2. Uncaging Rebellion 3. Believer 4. Metal 'Til We Die 5. Fight Or Fall 6. Holy Waters 7. Angels 8. Hell Or Victory 9. Tears In The Rain 10. Run And Hide 11. Road To Exxtasy 12. Blackhawk 13. On The Edge Of Eternity 14. Dog Idols
After hearing some “concept” albums, some crappy albums and more country music than any one person should ever be subjected to lately, it was time for a good solid dose of pure heavy metal. Messiah’s Kiss more than delivered that much needed head smashing and welcomed change up.
Judging by the cover art, I thought I would be tortured and disappointed yet again. But, I put it in the trusty disc player anyway. From the word go, it was pure metal bliss; a driven sound that was both finely tuned as well as forceful, ala Priest, Maiden, and Accept/U.D.O.
This marks the bands second album, first was “Prayer for the Dying”, both released under SPV/Steamhammer. With the production mastermind, Nikolo Kotzev (Nostradameus), the double bass assault of Eckhard Ostra, riffs of Georg Kraft and Alexander Hitz, a bass line to kill for from Wayne Banks, and spine tingling vocals courtesy of Mike Tirelli, they prove that they are not just another German metal act, but a force to be reckoned with in the metal world.
"Execrate" is an eerie as hell intro and after hearing that, I knew was in for a treat. “Angels”, “Hell or Victory” and “Metal til We Die” are the best written and composed tracks and also, the heaviest with honorable mention to “Uncaging Rebellion”. The entire album makes the guys worthy of German metal god status in my book.
Rating: Almost a perfect album. Only one filler track in my opinion, which is “Dog Idols” (an eerie closing). Production is top notch. The musicianship is a little wild, but an enjoyable metal experience. I will label this a 9/10. Should you want pure metal power that poses a loud and skull cracking array of talent, an album where each song is what it is, then treat yourself to Messiah’s Kiss. This will be on my Playlist for a long time to come.
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