STEEL PROPHET - INTO THE VOID/CONTINUUM (Pure Steel Records)
Pure Steel Records came up with the perfect idea to provide us all with a few reissues, earlier this year they brought the high and mighty “The Godless Principle” (1995) on vinyl. A couple of weeks ago it was time to spoil us even better with a double Steel Prophet CD edition, including two of the band’s best recordings ever, the EP “Continuum” (1996) and the killer, full length “Into The Void (Hallucinogenic Conception)”, released in 1997. In July, they’ve released a new album entitled “Omniscent” through Cruz Del Sur Music. The waiting time was 10 long years and I had great expectations for the follow up to “Beware” (2004). To the question: Was it worth the wait for such a long time? Well, it’s a darn good effort but I expected more; some kind of a revival to their early years of existence, actually Steep Prophet’s best era to me. In a sense, the band missed their glorious comeback a bit but I still remain a fan of their style of music, US Power Metal !
Frontman Rick Mythiasin has managed to captivate me from the start of his glorious musical career, the man’s high-pitched vocal delivery are highly regarded in my list of ‘legendary US Metal singers’. A quick return to their new album “Omniscent”, Rick’s voice is still amazingly good… that’s for sure ! With the release of both efforts “Continuum” and successor “Into The Void”, Steel Prophet got a fixed value in the Metal community. Steel Prophet came like a thief in the night, as so called unknown soldiers of Metal they conquered, in no time, the heart and soul of the general Power Metal defender on a massive scale. They were ready for the big road and signed with major record label Nuclear Blast. Numerous albums were being released in an excellent and pure US Power Metal manner, one album a little better than the other but broadly… Steel Prophet always ruled with an iron hand and will continue to do so in view of the future. Without them, the US Power Metal scene won’t be complete !
Everyone associated with Metal music must have surely heard of this Connecticut, USA based band… if you don’t, you’re not worthy to call yourself a metalhead in the first place but forget about it and find your self a way across the World Wide Web to find Steel Prophet. You’ll be astonished by these guys’ full fledged, pure technical… in short, over-the-top Power Metal featuring vocals in the vein of early Agent Steel/Fates Warning/Helstar/Flotsam and Jetsam a.o. Be ware of their sophisticated and thoughtful rhythms/structures, delivered as a fantastic and strong musicianship between highly skilled axemen, drum king and bass master in charge. Versality is band’s biggest character, Steel Prophet’s style ranges from Power to Speed Metal mainly but have also awesome traditional Heavy Metal compositions and power ballads in promotion. All the band’s superb talents are offered on both Into The Void/Continuum efforts. Pure Steel Records gives a rebirth to these top-notch classic ones so grab this great opportunity with both hands and order right on, right HERE. 85+ minutes of excellent US Power Metal for the price of one, do not let this slip through your hands… VERY recommended !
My Points: 96 / 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 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish