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Messiah's Kiss Metal 2004 SPV/Steamhammer - Reviewed by: IcedMojo

Track Listing
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.

--IcedMojo 06.25.04
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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