Savage Messiah - Plague Of Conscience review
|Album:||Plague Of Conscience|
|Release date:||January 2012|
01. Plague Of Conscience
02. Six Feet Under The Gun
03. Carnival Of Souls
04. In Thought Alone
05. All Seeing I
06. Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt
07. Architects Of Fear
08. The Accuser
10. The Mask Of Anarchy
While thrash metal has always been a very enjoyable subgenre of metal, revivalist bands have been so boring over the past few years that the genre has had very few new things to offer. Count in Savage Messiah, because Plague Of Conscience fails to offer something original.
When it comes to a description of what the album sounds like, we can be very simple: imagine a combination of Testament and *insert other legendary thrash metal band* with a touch of power metal. Savage Messiah does what almost every thrash band does that has been formed in the last decade: they make music that reaches back to the old days of thrash, copying the style of a certain band or blending the sound of multiple bands. They specifically try to make thrash metal, instead of just writing the music that comes from their hearts, while not paying attention to what genre it will be categorised in.
Although this is a fairly traditional album, it can be very enjoyable if you don't mind the lack of creativity. The opening track, for example, is solid and quite catchy, even though it's all downhill from there. The performance on this album is Savage Messiah's biggest asset. Not only is the instrumentation well-performed, the vocals are excellent and play a significant role. Making use of clean vocals in thrash metal is almost always a risk, but in this case it simply works. Because of the slight touch of power metal, which is most noticeable in the guitar leads, these vocals work perfectly well with the music.
Overall Plague Of Conscience does not offer anything new or exciting, but it is a solid, standard thrash album that serves its purpose for anyone looking for a common thrash metal album. In short, there's nothing new under the sun.
|In a world where thrash metal seems to be steadily leaning more and more to the harsher side of things (Warbringer, Toxic Holocaust, Skeletonwitch, etc) it's pretty nice to hear a more melodic step-back. Granted, this isn't an extremely vicious album, but who cares? It seems it's becoming just too easy to write steam-rolling thrash. Some times, it's just nice to hear thrash that can just...soar.
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