|Review: Masters of Disguise - Alpha/Omega|
Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 2017
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: November 30, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4.1/5 (82%) (10 Votes)
Alpha/Omega is the third album from Germany's Masters of Disguise, the Speed/Power Metal band that rose from the ashes of the last touring lineup of classic 80s band Savage Grace. As with previous efforts, the emphasis on Alpha/Omega is on speed and melody. The pace is often dictated by the guitars, much like Thrash, but with smoother transitions and none of the staccato playing you tend to get in that genre. Albums like Thundersteel and Walls of Jericho are still prime reference points and that underscores why I give this album a slightly lower score than other Masters of Disguise releases; we've heard this before. You still won't be able to rip my iPod from my cold, dead hands when burners like "Sacrifice" or "The Leech" are on, but I'm not going to lie and say they are original. Masters of Disguise do shift gears to a slower tempo on a couple of tracks and I applaud them for doing something different. More epic tracks like "Shadows of Death" and "Sign of the Cross" have a nice Omen feel to them but the mid-pace style doesn't play into Masters of Disguise songwriting strengths as well as the faster stuff does. I sound like I don't like Alpha/Omega, but nothing could be further from the truth, it just isn't as good as Back with a Vengeance. Early Power fans, especially of the US variety, still need to give it a few spins as they won't be disappointed.
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