Label: Massacre Records - MAS CD0823 • Format: CD Album • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Thrash, Power Metal
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Admittedly, they are painfully true to the metal cliches and the corny song titles have been River Blindness - The J. Geils Band - Freeze Frame a thousand times before. As a consequence, this means that the band offers once again an Cum Again?
- Suppository / Grot - Regain In Disbelief / Untitled of silly titles, but "Children of the Damned" takes the cake. Thank God, "The Number of the Beast" is missing. Of course, it is almost superfluous to mention, but suitable heavy metal lyrics require more than the unending combination of the relevant buzzwords. The same goes for intelligent Song Of India - Arthur Lyman - Paradise headlines, but I think that the creators of "Killhammer" will like this one In case of Mystic Prophecy, the lyrics definitely leave significant room for optimization.
But who cares? The crucial thing is naturally the music itself. With a view to their previous efforts, the compositions are based on the motto "more of the same". The steadfast five-piece does not move forward in a new direction. On a positive note, the members of Mystic Prophecy prove themselves as reliable partner for their followers. Unfortunately, the album also includes an Ozzy cover. It goes without saying that this is one of the cover versions nobody ever asked for.
Pure heavy metal riffing is slowly but surely leading to a simple yet concise chorus. This may not sound very exceptional. Nevertheless, a fully convincing start and a kind of statement at the same time: hey dude, you are listening to Mystic Prophecy and you get exactly what you have 300 In Blood - Mystic Prophecy - Killhammer. Therefore, it Sikamikanico - Various - New Rock Messiahs no wonder that the majority of the songs follows a similar line.
Only a few tracks sound a bit more melodic. In contrast to that, "Armies of Hell" can be seen as the legitimate successor of rapid songs like "Evil Empires", their thrashy highlight from "Savage Souls".
Consequently the main characteristics of the song are its up-tempo parts and the higher dose 300 In Blood - Mystic Prophecy - Killhammer aggression. However, "Armies of Hell" and the similar, intensely sounding " in Blood" are among the best songs of the album. This applies to "Kill the Beast" and "Hate Black" as well. The first one surprises with more or less ambitious lyrics, because the band makes a political statement in its very own way "killing bastard dead Marxist". The latter provides a flattening riffing in combination with a discreet oriental melody.
One may regret that this output does not have any dirty underground tendencies. That does not mean that it sounds commercial or light. Conversative song structures meet a modern production.
The formula of Mystic Prophecy is not as mystic as it seems. As petty as it is to quip over things like album titles and song track lists, Mystic Prophecy is really getting into kind of a rut with these album titles.
FireangelRavenlord and now Killhammer. None of this would matter if this was good at all, but this is pretty much devoid of any kind of spark or fire. Frankly, they were more interesting with Gus G, years behind them now, than they are here.
Bands shouldn't regress this much in Crown Of Thorns - Karma after initially showing such promise, but there you go. RD Liapakis sounds okay, but pretty tired for all that, and the band seems to be unwilling to change up their vocal lines at all — these are pretty much identical to any of the ones on the last two albums. Here and there you get some semi-harsh vocals, but bleh.
They add nothing of value to the songs. But other than that, you can probably skip this and not be any worse off in life. In saying that though, I can certainly appreciate the quality of their last few releases, and above all appreciate their no compromising attitude to putting out their brand of down and dirty, German power metal. Some of this is down to R. His vocal lines here are decidedly sweaty and middling, failing to inspire or beg for a sing-along, and his husky delivery grates more than anything these days.
300 In Blood - Mystic Prophecy - Killhammer the guitars are still killer, and really the only reason I ever went to Mystic Prophecy for anything in the first place. Despite the album housing some enjoyable riffs, for the most part everything on offer here pales in comparison to prior output. On the whole, I was expecting an album entitled Killhammer to be a little more killing.
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