|Review: Savage Messiah - Hands of Fate|
|Hands of Fate|
Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2017
Review online: November 4, 2017
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
for:Hands of Fate
Rated 2/5 (40%) (6 Votes)
Savage Messiah is not savage anymore. Savage Messiah is now yet another bland, uninspired and market-driven metal band, with mainstream appeal as their main objective. Don't get me wrong, though; appealing to the mainstream is often needed to assure a band's survival, but when you do this without any regard whatsoever to your legacy - as small as it may be -, ideals and honesty, and your selling point is that you are "a band that can have commercial appeal, because we could appeal to a Trivium fan or an Avenged (Sevenfold) fan but hopefully we also have some real metal credibility too" (vocalist and guitarist Dave Silver's words, not mine), you kind of lose my respect right there. Not because you want to appeal to a Trivium fan or anything like that (although you either play Metal or you play something that appeals to a Trivium fan), but because you actually know that, by doing this in the way that you're doing (which is resetting your entire sound just to please more people and make more money), you lose your "real metal credibility" (again, Silver's words, not mine).
Starting by the cover art, the entire aesthetic of the band's image and sound has changed. Instead of the aggressive, fierce and blasting riffs, powerful and loud drumming and harsh and violent vocals, the guys now choose to stack their songs with groove, melodic and cheesy verses and a more mid-paced tempo. Hands of Fate relies heavily on catchy and radio-friendly choruses and toned-down instrumental parts, well exemplified in songs such as "Blood Red Road" and "Fearless". The bass is almost non-existent – aside from the first seconds of "The Crucible" – and the drumming sounds flat at times, despite the production being albeit decent. All in all, the entire experience feels over-polished and manufactured to be mechanical and formulaic.
In what seems to be a distant past now, Savage Messiah had the potential to be a huge deal in the Thrash Metal world. But life is made of choices, and these guys favored mindless commercialism over creativity and respectability. The result is this, four guys imploding and turning into yet another faceless semi-groove excuse of a band, moved by sheer market demand. Hands of Fate goes against what the conception of honest, passionate and meaningful Metal is, so I'd advise you to stay the fuck away from it like it's the goddamn plague.
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