first band to be signed by Axe Killer is back with its 4th album in
the sign of the most torrential and excellent Heavy Metal around these
After a bizarre intro with a didgeridoo, the hell-raising power metal
of "Slave to Blood" starts, it's great and it also
includes a quite nice guitar solo; "S.T.A.G.E." begins
well with an entwining of keyboards and guitars, and later becomes uncontaminated
heavy metal with acrobatic vocals by singer Nathalie.
I have 2 favourite songs in this CD: the 1st is "Dark Visions",
a ballad that soon blazes before a winning bridge, featuring the best
lyrics along with "S.T.A.G.E." and "Metal Dream"
(a Utopian anthem for all metal world, but without dreams and desires
we'd have no stimulus to live...); the other is "Angel",
as you immediately realize it's a killer song, and even more when played
And how can somebody resist the spur of "Roller-coaster Ride",
gifted with the highest vocals and the highest parts of the whole CD
at the end of the song, and a dynamic time change too? Drummer Vince
gives his best in the decadent and modern "Desolation"
and especially in "Cry Out". And before that you'll
encounter the good "Land of No Return" and afterwards
a spoonful of topping power-thrash with "Silent Whisper (Bloody
Bastard)", always with a strong and dirty recording, far better
than in the previous records of course.
Fresh and traditional at the same time, skillful and heartfelt musicians.
You just can't ask for more!
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 1/9/03
N.Geyer, 21 rue Ste Elisabeth - App 21, 67000 Strasbourg - France
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