SACRED STEEL - THE BLOODSHED SUMMONING (CRUZ DEL SUR /SONIC RENDEZVOUS)
(Review by Officer Nice)
Sacred Steel might be considered as the chameleon of Heavy Metal. While the first CD’s were mediocre Power Metal, nothing bad nor good, the band dropped a bomb with their album “Slaughter Prophecy”. The title track is one of those songs that will always play in my mind. The entire album was outstanding and singer Gerrit Mutz discovered possibilities with his voice that astonished all fans. It was extreme dark Metal, with overwhelming vocals! The band is scheduled for the upcoming Headbangers Open Air festival and next to Metal Church, Forté, Overkill and Vicious Rumors it’s a band to look forward to.
Meanwhile Sacred Steel represents their latest album, entitled “The bloodshed Summoning”. This record contains an eye-catching front cover, a drawn out of one or another comedy book. This is their eight effort. It seems that Sacred Steel left the path of ultra-dark Metal to become a band that mixes several subgenres, with Thrash Metal as the most ruling one. This is often pure Thrash Metal with clean vocals, just the way I like it! Gerrit Mutz contains that special timbre that makes this kind of music irresistible. Fans of Bay Area Thrash Metal will easily adept this newbie from Sacred Steel.
Nevertheless the band shows all the time they’re waving the German flag high and so the inspirational links from Kreator, old Helloween and even older traditional German bands are always close. It often makes this band like another Teutonic formation. Not that I don’t like the German Metal, don’t get me wrong but Germans needs to look over their borders! This album is foreseen with first class arrangements, superb vocal lines, hard hitting drums and razor sharp riffs. Sacred Steel stands for no-nonsense 80s thrash with all the key elements of the sound firmly rooted. Sacred Steel offers everything a good Power/Thrash album demands but although I gave this one several spins I can’t say they totally blew me away. The track “Slaughter Prophecy” really touched my soul many years ago and although I hear overpowering Metal Sacred Steel doesn’t really surprise me this time. It’s a bit a deja-vu, without exploding in the face.
You don’t hear me say that Sacred Steel should return to those dark days to repeat themselves, with vocals close to King Diamond, but it had something special, something unique. It was something I hardly heard before and that’s what I miss right now! Great stuff, good Metal but nothing that makes them different from others anymore. Yet I hear some great tracks; “Unbinding The Chains” is by far my favorite one! What I keep on adoring are those typical Gerrit Mutz’ long wailing vocal lines. Only for this I will always like that band!
Nevertheless this eight album of our German brothers is good enough to get your attention and your money. Old fans of the band won’t be disappointed and those who are ignorant about these Germans should try them out because after all this band overgrows lots of other formations in the scène. Fans of Traditional Heavy Metal, Power Metal and Thrash Metal will discover very good tunes on this disc. It means that this band is creative enough to write varied compositions. It also means that the band is probably still searching for their own sound, one I thought they discovered a few years ago. A band that will probably never disappoint. http://www.sacredsteel.de.
My Points: 85 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & classic ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 89: Decent but better to take a preview first
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard