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Review: Steel Prophet - Unseen
Steel Prophet

Label: Metal Mind Productions
Year released: 2009
Originally released in: 2002
Duration: 51:15
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: August 2, 2010
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
Readers Rating

Rated 4.4/5 (88%) (5 Votes)

American band Steel Prophet has not released a new album for nearly six years. However, their older releases are seeing the light of day again courtesy of Metal Mind Productions. The latest re-release is 2002's Unseen.

When it was released in 2002, Unseen presented Steel Prophet in a new light as it was quite different from their previous albums, Book of the Dead, Messiah and Dark Hallucinations. Not content to play just Power Metal, the band touched on other genres, such as Heavy, Progressive and even Thrash on Unseen. Steel Prophet showed they were more complex than previously thought.

After a couple of charges in "One Way Out," "Rainwalker" and "Mirror, Mirror, Life After Life," Steep Prophet turns the other cheek with some different types of songs. They showcased keyboard effects, uneven song structures, wicked passages and amazing riffs. A new Steel Prophet can be heard on tracks like "Among the Damned," "Magenta" (an amazing ballad with an awesome vocal setting), "Truth" and "Martyred." The beast is still heavy and on the move, yet has a new box of treasures for the taking. Great performances from guitarists Steve Kachinsky and Jim Williams and the artistic vocals of Rick Mythiasin elevate the music to new heights.

Despite all the praise thus far, Unseen does fall short in the production department. Not bad by itself, it pales in comparison with the band's two previous albums. Even the remastering of Metal Mind cannot hide the fact that the original mix robs the album of most of its depth. The bass is nearly unrecognizable. Great material from Steel Prophet, yet the production is still a worry.

With the ending notes "Magenta," Unseen has reacquainted fans with Steel Prophet. They are still active and all we need now is a new record.

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