Liege Lord - Master Control review
01. Fear Itself
02. Eye Of The Storm
03. Master Control
04. Kill The King [Rainbow cover]
05. Soldiers Of Fortune
06. Feel The Blade
07. Broken Wasteland
10. Fall Out
Power Metal. Some would say it's not a very diverse genre, but albums like this prove that it is. This isn't Helloween, but it's 100% power... well with maybe a little thrash thrown in LIKE IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. Master Control is Liege Lord's 3rd and final release and it's head and shoulders above the earlier two. What sets it apart? Plain ol' song writing... and a much better vocalist who sounds like Dio, to me. These songs really stick in your head.
At times it can get a bit too chuggy, but that's my only gripe. Master Control is what power metal bands should be shooting for, yet like most other US power bands (save Iced Earth), it remains in the shadows, despite being able to hold its own against any Gamma Ray release.
Like I mentioned earlier, we have the perfect amount of thrashyness thrown in here, making the riffs stronger than many "flower" releases from that continent to the east and giving Master Control a few more points in the originality section, though I wouldn't call this an original record, just skillfully played and fun. The entire disc is high energy and there isn't a ballad to be found. Now, I'm not saying power metal albums are better without ballads, but it's nice to hear a break in the cycle.
Well, that about wraps it up; we have here a competent, overlooked release that's sure to satisfy many fans of the genre, SO GO GET IT!
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