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On disc: Messiah's Kiss

- Prayer For The Dying - Amir Djawadi - 5 stars
- Metal - Sandra Bucher - 7 stars


(Steamhammer - 2004)

This is the 2nd album of the Messiah's Kiss. The band from Dinslaken (Germany) and their American singer Mike Tirelli (Holy Mother, ex-Jack Starr) titled their album Metal and that what you get! Guitar-driven metal. On the track Metal 'Til We Die are similarities to Manowar in the mid-80's. But there are also similarities to Dio and other traditional metal bands. The chorus remind me a bit of Iron Savior, just more mid-tempo. But perhaps the lyrics made me think of Iron Savior.... Nikolo Kotzev's production could have been a bit more powerful, especially the rhythm guitars, but well... Messiah's Kiss over a variety from fast ones (Believer) to groovy ones (Holy Waters) and also offer a ballad called Tears In The Rain. With Hell Or Victory they recorded a real headbanging tune.
I can recommend all fans of heavy metal and power metal to listen to this album. This isn't a milestone, but a very decent album and an alternative to the oldsters of metal.   ;)

7 stars

Sandra Bucher
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)


Prayer For The Dying

Prayer For The Dying
(Steamhammer - 2002)

Can anybody tell me, why so many bands these days have to adopted song titles of Iron Maiden? I have no idea, anyway... Messiah's Kiss present their current studio output which is also their debut. After a short and not really impressing intro they present 11 tracks. Okay, this CD review shows a little local patriotism, coz they are from Dinslaken - for the ones who don't know Germany that well, it's just a little bit North of our home base - anyway, the quintet deliver a decent debut album to the fans. Perhaps this is their start for a career like other bands from this part of Germany did, like Rage for example.
The current line-up it together for about a year and offers the listener traditional influenced metal. The charismatic and slightly rough voice of the New Yorker front man Mike Tirelli adds the certain something to their sound while drummer Eckhard Ostra pushed the band with his pounding drum beat. And the partly screaming, partly harmonic guitars are also essential for their music.
Okay, their abilities / skill are expandable, but this is a debut and it's a decent one! They try to create their own sound, even if there are classical influences obvious.

5 stars

Amir Djawadi
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)


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