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Review: Messerschmitt - Consumed by Fire
Consumed by Fire

Label: Independent
Year released: 2020
Duration: 40:22
Tracks: 8
Genre: Speed Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: May 25, 2020
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Consumed by Fire

Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)

I really enjoyed this band's debut, No Dread to Kill, from a few years back, feeling like it was the work of a young band with the potential to make some killer Speed Metal in the future. I'm happy to say that their follow-up Consumed by Fire lives up to that promise, as everything from the musicianship to the songwriting is tighter and more complex than before while retaining the speed and heaviness from the debut. In fact, the guitar work is actually sharper and heavier on this album, which makes the twin-guitar attack of Maik and Christian shine through much more than before. The songs range from more straightforward blasts of speed like "Farchild", the title track, and "Arms of Havoc" to the more ambitious epics like "The Vanishing Strains" and "And I Crave to Die", the latter of which actually slow down with acoustic openings before blasting into some surprisingly nuanced compositions, and they all rip like there's no tomorrow. Overall, this is a big step up for a band that may have just become a big player in Speed Metal, and if they can keep up the momentum, their best is yet to come.

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