|Review: Steel Prophet - Genesis|
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Year released: 2008
Originally released in: 2000
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: April 10, 2009
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 3/5 (60%) (4 Votes)
Are you a fan of 80's American Power Metal? If so I can assure your enjoyment from this release, featuring their Inner Ascendance demo from 1989 filled out with obligatory cover tracks from the metal gods (Sabbath, Priest, Maiden). This leads me nicely into my main issue with Genesis: why seven cover tracks? I'm sure the fans would have much preferred another of their demos or maybe an EP (Continuum springs to mind here). Hell the cover material outweighs the original material – something I feel detracts from the value of this album. However, that aside this is still a nice package. The booklet has a brief history, all the necessary lyrics and some great old pictures of the band. It's always nice to see old posters/adverts for shows, and interesting to see if you recognize the bands they played with back then. Again another nice touch is to add a little as to what the theme of the song is, or what the lyrics mean – I feel it gives a great insight as to how the band works/thinks.
As mentioned before, the material on offer is pure 80's Power Metal of the USA school; awesome vocals in the vein of John Arch or Geoff Tate, crushing riffage and smoldering leads. Opener "Death" instantly backs up the claims I've made here – fantastic stuff. My personal favorite is the awesome "Sleep of Despair" which still stands up even by today's standards, an impressive feat for their first pro recorded demo. Vocalist Rick Mythiasin really delivers on the material; I certainly detect a hint of the godly John "Midnight" McDonald in Rick's vocals. The guitars are fantastic, as seems to always be the case with Steel Prophet, very inventive and some great harmonies. It's always good to hear great bands' early material, especially when it's this charming. If you have an interest in 80's metal or Power Metal I suggest you check this out. Unfortunately the vast amount of cover tracks let this album down, sadly affecting the final score, the Inner Ascendance demo having scored a 4.25. Finally a word of warning; skip the Simple Minds cover, a truly horrible track that sent me flying to the bathroom.
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