|Review: Shatter Messiah - Never To Play The Servant|
|Never To Play The Servant|
Label: Dockyard 1
Year released: 2006
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: May 19, 2012
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:Never To Play The Servant
Rated 4/5 (80%) (16 Votes)
A lot of favorable stuff has been said about Shatter Messiah, so I won't bore you with further claims to greatness, but rest assured, fans of heavy, aggressive Power Metal in the vein of Manticora, Pharaoh, and of course, Nevermore, will enjoy the hell out of this. Chockfull of pounding riffage, shattering bass, dark, religious lyrics, and of course, the intense vocal stylings of Greg Wagner, Never To Play The Servant is a sure-fire go-to album for the pissed off mood. With fourteen tracks, the band's debut from 2006 is a little long, but the songs all stand up to scrutiny. They are great additions to any playlist. The album as a whole does tend to take it out of you, however; this lot never take their foot off the gas.
"Crucify Freedom" is one of the heaviest tunes here. The guitar work of axe-slinger Curran Murphy certainly fits the Thrash or even Extreme Metal category, and even Wagner goes for a pseudo-growl that tips this towards those genres. The best thing about Shatter Messiah is their unexpected use of melody. On tracks like "Frailty", for example, soaring melodies somehow emerge from a sea of grinding riffs. These are vocal lines Warrel Dane couldn't execute in his sleep. If you've turned your back on Power Metal of late, rest assured this beast of an album will reignite the flame.
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