|Review: Mystic Prophecy - Regressus|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2003
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: July 14, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Rated 4.15/5 (83%) (20 Votes)
A couple of months back I came across a kick ass metal band called Valley's Eve. Since that time I have been on a search for music in the same vein. Power metal with a decidedly heavier edge with almost thrash style riff work but also retains the melody that is so important to power/pure metal. I have been able to find a few and then along came this promo from Nuclear Blast from a band called Mystic Prophecy. I quickly recognized the vocals as being extremely similar to that of Valley's Eve so I took a look at the press pack that came along with the disc and the reason the vocals sounded so similar was it was the same guy (imagine that…heh). I also noticed that the guitar work is provided by Gus G from Dream Evil fame and this simply provided the proverbial icing on the cake considering how much I was raving about their debut release "Dragonslayer". At this point I had only heard the first track of the album which of course kicked some major ass but I was already pretty positive this album was going to get a perfect rating and the following 11 tracks simply confirmed and strengthened that opinion.
This album really starts with a bang with the opening track "Calling From Hell" which simply gets you prepared for what to expect for the rest of the album and that expectation can be summed up in just one word…QUALITY. Everything about this album simply screams that word from the absolutely killer guitar work all the way down to the excellent job of production. Hell even the cover art and logo of the band are fucking cool…heh. A few of the biggest highlights though have to be the vocals and guitar work. The vocals provided by R.D. Liapakis are simply awesome. It is not his technique, range or control but rather simply his voice overall. He sings in a clean but rather rough kind of voice which simply a breath of fresh air for this genre and something that more vocalist really need to think about. The guitar work provided by Gus G are as incredible as I would have expected after hearing him on the two Dream Evil discs. There are differences in his playing style between the two bands however and that is simply he sounds much more aggressive on this album. Some of the riff work is damn near reminiscent of the bay area thrash scene of the late 80's. The solo work is a shred fest as well but kept within the confines of the song and avoids becoming "wankering". The biggest highlight of the album though has to be the songwriting. There isn't one track than can be considered as filler and more than a few can be considered better than the majority of a great many power/pure metal releases combined. This may seem some pretty high praise but plain and simple this band deserves it for creating a simply stunning album.
Overall if you are a fan of this genre but are still undecided on whether to buy this album you really need to consider looking in on getting your meds dialed in. I think I have made it abundantly clear that this album kicks ass…it will certainly make my year end best of list and I imagine I won't be the only one.
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