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Mystic Prophecy
War Brigade

Company: Massacre
Release: 2016
Genre: Power
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • A ripper from start to finish

  • Greek metallers Mystic Prophecy return with 'War Brigade', what I consider to be the band's best album to date. Heavy, melodic, and full of face-melting solos, this one is a ripper from start to finish. Vocalist R.D. Liapakis sounds his best ever melding growls, snarls, and soaring vocals in to a very intense mixture. The production is clean and precise with the vocals, guitars and drums with the bass side being a little toned down or lacking some of the time. "Metal Brigade", "The Crucifix", and "Fight for One Nation" are the standout tracks with the latter featuring one of the catchiest riffs. "Good Day to Die" utilizes a really cool sound bite from "300" and is a fascinating lyrical song as well. The surprise track on the album for me was the cover of "Sex Bomb" by Tom Jones--the song is still super cheesy and just awful but hearing it metalized with thundering guitars and drums behind it was very entertaining. Overall, I really enjoyed listening to this album much more than I did 2011's 'Ravenlord' and 2013's 'Killhammer' as it just felt more cohesive and possessed better songwriting than the previous efforts.

    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    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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    All reviews for Mystic Prophecy:
    Never-EndingMystic Prophecy
    Greg Watson4/14/2005
    War BrigadeMystic Prophecy
    Greg Watson5/31/2016

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