There was a problem loading comments right now. Showing 0 comments. Sort by: Newest Oldest. I would liken them to an American version of Mercyful Fate, but without the goat-sucking idiocy, not to mention a more intense vibe.
One of the distinguishing factors of Deadly Blessing is the over-the-top vocals of Ski Norman Kiersznowski. The band released two demos inbut Ski was idiotically kicked out of the band for cutting his hair Seriously? They had some killer reunion shows, like at the Keep It Real festival to packed crowds, and performed their technical songs flawlessly with Ski standing out as the kinetic front man you can see these performances on Youtube.
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Even though I barely know this album I'm already absolutely loving the magical aura that it brings, and for the past few hours I've done nothing but play this on repeat. Definitely something you should give a shot, regardless of your preference of genre!
Haunting Tales of a Warrior's Past is flat out one of the craziest albums I have ever heard. I reviewed their excellent self titled demo a few years ago back in and meant to follow that up. The greatest test for a lot of music is time, not in regards to their time of release, but rather, will they leave a lasting impression on you personally as the years go by?
Haunting Tales of a Warrior's Past passes with flying colors and is one of my favorite albums that pops up in my mind quite often whenever I'm thinking of heavy metal. There is simply nothing else out there quite like this material and if you are a fan of the genres that they intricately blend in here, you too will more than likely have this one sticking with you forever after a single listen. It's unforgettable. I had the honor of speaking to Nino Trovato after reviewing the demo Still In Vengeance - Deadly Blessing - An Eye To The Past (CD) when I did and he talked about this not originally being Matthias Steele material, but as always I am assuming the name was stamped on to try and get more sales, though either way I wonder if this reached beyond hand directly or not.
So this release is apparently the pet child of Anthony C. Lionetti III. With an epic name like that, you know he's someone to take very seriously and this material is the greatest proof that the world of metal would have been completely shaken up if this had a real release and they put out more material to follow this up with.
The likes of dare I say it legendary bands like Fates Warning and so forth probably would have been shaking in their boots, because this music is that good! Lionetti III wields several abilities throughout here handling vocals, bass, acoustic guitars, probably the main writing and perhaps more behind the scenes. His greatest strength is in the vocals however. Where to even start. With utterly flawless precision similar to Crimson Still In Vengeance - Deadly Blessing - An Eye To The Past (CD) magnificent Midnight hitting any given Still In Vengeance - Deadly Blessing - An Eye To The Past (CD) absolutely perfectly, a monstrous vast range that may well even surpasses Tyrant's Glen May or the popular Harry Conklin, topped off with the ability to mimic the weird high pitched King Diamond-isms, Lionetti's skill is simply off the damn charts and then some.
And that's not even the tip of the iceberg, it's his menacing, convincing, sometimes intentionally hilarious, over the top, commanding delivery and performance that takes this entire thing to another level. This guy could probably fill in for any band out there and mimic the vocals like no other. Such a sin that he's yet another one of those missed opportunities in the world of metal and put out so little material.
Getting to the tracks here, Magick Wand immediately sets the strange dreamy tone with a dark synthy intro that always makes me smile since it sounds like it's straight out of the videogame Flashback The Quest for Identity, albeit weirdly out of place perhaps, I simply love it. The sparse synth usage later returns towards the end of Father Has Risen, in other intros, and so on.
Never the main focus nor detracting, it simply adds to the unique recipe here. Back to the opening song after the intro, the metal then comes crashing in and after a bit, Lionetti wastes no time in being as unorthodox as possible with an approach that may even have you batting an eye, but Still In Vengeance - Deadly Blessing - An Eye To The Past (CD) only means it already has your attention!
While there are many classic UPSM and thrash acts, there still really is only a few handful that blended the two as much as this and made it work. A very effective, headbanging song that sets the stage. Warrior's Anthem opens up with another opener and some razor sharp riffs, awesome bass work and drums, so both guitarist John Erkan and drummer James Jay Jordan carry on with stride themselves and bring this whole package together.
Warrior's Anthem marches on as the instrumental track here and sounds a little like a pissed off and rather technical Omen track.
Father Has Risen creeps in with a batshit insane delivery from Lionetti entering full King Diamond mode and taking it even further. And again, the music continues to be extremely catchy despite its technicality, with a blend of faster and slower sections, the pacing is incredible. The song stops and slows down for some acoustic work near the middle that really gives off this ancient mystical kind of vibe exclusively comparable to Lords of the Crimson Alliance for a real oddball one.
While I've never been shy to admit to being a big fan of relentless speed in my metal, Still In Vengeance - Deadly Blessing - An Eye To The Past (CD), it's often these slower portions that I love the most in Matthias Steele.
Again, the pacing completely rules and my attention never wavers. Shadow of Illusion is one of my top favorites and practically a ballad. One of those tracks that makes a connection with the classy medieval cover, it gives off the vibe that this awesome band of travelers just got through some tireless dungeon and wanted to sing and spread their word of victory at the top of a high peak as Lionetti's lines majestically soar across the high skies.
With fireworks of some of the best solos yet to finish it off. But as always, victory is too short and the band marches on with Chosen One stepping back into seriousness and aggression. This one is layered with galloping drums and rhythms that I'm always a huge fan of and ends up being a frequent blueprint for many parts in later songs. Add some cool backing vocals from the other members and this one evolves into another array of incredible solos.
Then comes the show stealer for me, Return With a Vengeance! This is my favorite track and one of the catchiest things I've ever heard since Cloven Hoof's early Russ North era, and I don't even know what to compare it to. The galloping beats return, with a lot of lead driven parts, some of Lionetti's greatest shrieks and screams, they take NWOBHM, power, prog, thrash, and blend it in with melody flawlessly.
The whole album runs together so well, but this is one of those tracks I can't help but play over and over again. Not to downplay the brilliance of the other tracks, I just can't get enough of this one! The later half continues to effortlessly impress. Tribunal is a solid number that is catchy as always while amping up the prog again. When My Dreams Cry Out is another highlight of mine, with some quicker riffs dominating half the track as Lionetti unleashes some cool traditional shrieks and boasts how easily he can carry his soaring mid tones.
To The Guillotine is a quick and humorous number and the album ends on a high note with the extra thrashy Beyond Stygian Creek, exploding in its bombastic second half.
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