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Review: Phantom - Cyberchrist

Label: Shark Records
Year released: 1993
Duration: 44:57
Tracks: 12
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: May 7, 2015
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
Readers Rating

Rated 4.56/5 (91.11%) (9 Votes)

Phantom was a Power/Speed Metal band from New York who released three albums in the late 80's and beginning of the 90's: Dead or Alive, Phantom and Cyberchrist. The band relied on a sound that drank from the fountain of Vicious Rumors, Riot V, Metal Church and such, with fast riffs and high-pitched vocals. Their first two albums are a little bit weak in terms of production and performance, but Cyberchrist is far superior to both, showcasing fast, angry Speed Metal riffs, a great performance from "Falcon" Eddie Green on vocals, good production, solid drumming and simple but fun lyrics that are catchy and will definitely stick in your head for a while.

The album is an ode to the USPM scene. It starts by kicking you in the nuts with the fast "Well of Souls", a hymn for every Power Metal fan out there and a perfect example of what to expect for the rest of the ride. "Six Feet Under" and "Graveyard Shift" keep up the fast pace, while "Blind Man's Sight" and "Big Daddy" offer a slower approach and a great change in the construction of the album. All the other songs are equally as great, and there are no ballads here, just punch after punch of fast and heavy quality music.

From start to finish, this is a solid album that will make fans of USPM proud. If you love albums like Digital Dictator, Thundersteel, Blessing in Disguise and Transcendence, this one is for you. It is a statement for the ages and a lesson for every Power Metal band out there. Too bad that a band like this had to end, but they proudly raised the flag of Heavy Metal while they stood, going out in a blaze of glory with Cyberchrist.

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