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Artist:

Shatter Messiah

Album:

Never to Play the Servant

Year: 2006
Format: CD
Label: Dockyard1
Genre: [Melodic Thrash Metal]
Overall Rating: 7.0
Music: 7.0
Production: 7.0


Shatter Messiah is the new group formed by Curran Murphy (ex-Nevermore and ex-Annihilator). Sonically the music is rather close to Nevermore, and if I must label, I'd call it melodic thrash metal. The vocalist proved to be the hardest piece of the puzzle to find, but eventually Curry was flabbergasted by Greg "Wags" Wagner (Breaker & ex-Archetype), who he chose as the frontman. Thus the songs are characterised by dramatic vocalising that ranges from top to bottom sounding like a mixture of Warrel Dane (Nevermore) and Randy Rampage (Annihilator). Furthermore, the songs balance between clean passages and manic thrash metal extravaganza much in the vein of those two aforementioned acts.

The album has been produced fairly well, though I prefer a bit ballsier mix. In my view the sounds should have been a bit warmer and punchier, 'cause as such they are slightly sterile sounding, which strangely however suits the music. All in all, Shatter Messiah's debut record "Never to Play the Servant" is quite good melodic thrash metal album, though it quite doesn't compare to Nevermore's latest offering "This Godless Endeavour". It's a shame Shatter Messiah doesn't manage to build their own identity on this record, as they sound too similar to their influences. I, for one, would have wished to hear a bit more unique sounding offering from them.

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- MAGE (October 12th, 2006)



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LINE-UP:
Warner, Greg: Vocals
Murphy, Curran: Guitars
Holt, Dusty: Guitars
Boisvert, Ron: Bass
Falzano, Robert: Drums
Producer: Unavailable
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
TRACKLIST:
Shatter Messiah - Never to Play the Servant  CD  Cover Image
01. Never to Play the Servant
02. Crucify Freedom
03. Frailty
04. Hatred Divine
05. Fear to Succeed
06. All Sainted Sinners
07. Inflicted
08. Drinking Joy
09. Bad Blood
10. Blasphemy Feeder
11. Deny God
12. Disillusion
13. Bleed to Shadow
14. New Kleen Killing Machine

Length: 59:15
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