I hate to sound so typical here, but after spending several listen-throughs with A DIVINE ACT OF WAR, the self-released debut album from Power Metal act SONIC PROPHECY, ‘potential’ is the best word I can think of to describe my overall feelings.
The year of Metal has had a vast variety of solid releases and just flat out kick ass music, if 2012 is as strong as this past year was in Metal, we are in for a real treat. Rawks!!! Here are the top 25 metal albums of 2011 and yes I know we left some out but is hard to top so many great releases in just 25 spots you know!!!
Well, I have to say that 2011 was easily one of the best years for metal music in general in a long time. Awesome prog from bands like DREAM THEATER, VOYAGER and WHILE HEAVEN WEPT, great thrash from stalwarts like MACHINE HEAD, ANTHRAX and MEGADETH,
the more progressive vibe in “Where Angels Die” which coincidentally could be one of the best songs the band has ever done, this epic brings a more melodic metal touch to it; which is great stuff.
The new record follows all the same rules of power metal: You have one goal: be epic., in a power metal world, everything steel is good, and anything good must be compared to steel, you are not bound to sing about Satan, evil, and/or darkness. Okay forget that last rule because that’s a given.
They have grown up a bit and as intricate as the music itself is, these guys do a superb job of paying attention to the lyrics because they are mighty thoughtful and provoking. And yes I have to label these young mates as one of America’s best hidden talents
It had been nearly a quarter of a century since the band last reunited in NYC to create “Thundersteel” and “The Privilege of Power”, and now with Moore back on vocals you hear that same chemistry where those albums left off, something not easily attainable after some many years and the very different music scene.
The vocals are mainly of the high-pitched variety and on numerous occasions I was reminded of the one and only Bruce Dickinson, obviously not in the same league but still sharing enough traits to warrant interest from the IRON MAIDEN fan base…
After spending a decent amount of time with the album, I can certainly see why there was some label interest here, while HUNTED play a sort of traditional heavy metal, power metal, NWOBHM blend it’s all covered over by a layer of technical wizardry and a slight hint of progressive metal, giving everything on the album a very world-class feel to it…