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Savage Messiah
Insurrection Rising

Company: Candlelight
Release: 2009
Genre: Power
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Eric Compton

  • Shines from start to finish



  • England's Savage Messiah have released their debut album, "Insurrection Rising", on Candlelight Records. The group were formerly known as Headless Cross and released an EP before making the transition into the proto-thrash act. "Insurrection Rising" is a great modern day power record that just shines from start to finish. The production certainly assists the band gain a few steps on others in their class (this probably sounds better than some of the big Swedish stuff) but the nuts and bolts is straight ahead pounding metal 101. The group display the velocity and smash of big mid-speed thrashers like Testament and post-"Wrecking Crew" Overkill for their rhythm punch and tight battery. Beyond that though the group incorporates a rich Swedish feel, with strong melodies and reflex booming a real Arch Enemy vibe. On some of the flashier cuts the band showcases some power meal feel, recalling fine Morgana Lefay or Firewind traits. The vocals are a little raspy, probably a turn-off for those looking for something a bit more clean-cut for role playing and Harry Potter. This is definitely a far cry from standard-volume-feedback power metal but still soaking in the same waters. Think of Death Angel and the above mentioned bands on a "frolic through the park".



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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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