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Review: Shatter Messiah - Hail the New Cross
Shatter Messiah
Hail the New Cross

Label: Mausoleum Records
Year released: 2013
Duration: 38:18
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy/Thrash

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: January 26, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Hail the New Cross

Rated 3.82/5 (76.36%) (11 Votes)

I'm sort of surprised at myself for reviewing a band called Shatter Messiah. For some reason that name makes me think of "modern" Heavy Metal, which is almost always awful. Fortunately, on Hail the New Cross, Shatter Messiah's third album, apart from some egregious drop-tuning, it's all thrashy Power Metal. The vocals are gruff and powerful, the songs move along at a good clip, one that isn't so fast you lose track of the riffs, and the choruses are amazingly catchy. Singer Michael Duncan has a slightly venomous growl that is similar to Symphony X's Russell Allen, though not as powerful. He delivers the acidic anti-Christian lyrics with a lot of muscular conviction. There is a lot of melody in Shatter Messiah's music, which plays well against the angry riffs, and I found myself singing the choruses of "Gods of Divinity" and "Future Fails" often. I just can't past the ever-present drop-tuned buzz, which really robs the album of a lot of potential charm. That said, if Metal that bears more than a passing resemblance to a cross between Symphony X and, say, Paradox, sounds appealing, Hail the New Cross is an album worth checking out.

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