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Review: Messiah's Kiss - Prayer for the Dying
Messiah's Kiss
Prayer for the Dying

Label: SPV
Year released: 2002
Duration: 48:44
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: November 10, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Prayer for the Dying

Rated 3.88/5 (77.5%) (8 Votes)

It happens sometimes: you get a CD, like it OK at first spin, then it slips through the cracks and never gets any chance to grow on you. Then you haul it out months later and are like 'Holy Shit this rules! What the fuck is wrong with me?'. Well that happened here. I got this from Mystophales in a CD trade waaaay back at the beginning of the year, and while I recall thinking it was pretty good, I never gave it proper attention. Shame on me.

Messiah's Kiss are a German band who seem to be getting overlooked, but they shouldn't be, as this is some killer fucking shit here. They start with a basic Primal Fear/Dream Evil/Running Wild approach, add a vocalist who sounds a LOT like an angrier Dio, and slip in just a dash of 80's hard rock sound a la Dokken (just a little bit). The result is a crunchy, headbanging feast of riffs and shout-along choruses that out-muscles a good 90% or modern 'Power Metal' out there. I think these guys get dismissed as generic Flower Metal when they are really nothing of the sort. Now they are pretty cliché, and out of a 12-song tracklist they only manage about 4 song titles that are not either: A) the name of another band, B) the name of a well-known song by another band, or C) the name of a movie. So there are only scraps of originality here, but I don't give a rat's ass, because when Metal kicks this much ass, it needs no excuses for its existence.

I'd list standouts, but really there are no skippers on this album at all, and every track is a tour-de-force of that marvelous synergy that you get when the riffs are cooking along and the vocals are right there with them, each one punching the other up a notch. If your fist doesn't go in the air when "Night Comes Down" kicks in, there is something wrong with you, and it's not a little thing. Messiah's Kiss are not breaking any new ground, but they will leave some serious boot-prints on your ass. If you like Dream Evil, but think their lyrics are too stupid to live, then this is the band for you. This is a criminally overlooked band that is fully good enough to play with the big boys. Highly Recommended.

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