|Review: Iron Fate - Crimson Messiah|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2021
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: January 26, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4.29/5 (85.71%) (14 Votes)
Crimson Messiah is the second full-length album from Iron Fate. It is a record of solid melodic metal that features clean, powerful singing with just a touch of grit, crunchy riffs and bright leads and a suitably heavy rhythm section that drives the music forward with purpose and intent. At times, Iron Fate can have a touch of thrash intensity ("Crimson Messiah," "Malleus Malificarum," the latter with an excellent Accept-style shouted chorus chanting the song title), while at others the band borrows the smooth melodies of US power metal ("Hellish Queen," "We Rule the Night") and even some slight Queensrÿche-esque prog ("Mirage," "Strangers [In My Mind]"). The album has a crisp, clear, and crunchy sound and even though the songwriting isn’t anything new, it is better than a lot of bands playing melodic metal are producing these days, and the songs are catchy from the opener to the closer. If a mix of early Queensrÿche with the likes of Black Majesty sounds like it might be up your alley, you should definitely check out Crimson Messiah.
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