SCEPTOR - TAKE COMMAND (7Hard Records//New Music Distribution)
(Review by Officer nice)
I was convinced this was a record from out of the US of A. It isn’t, this Sceptor comes out of Germany… I was never the biggest fan of the German kind of Metal but Sceptor has less to do with it after I did several spins of this album. Why? Because this band is mainly influenced by the fact that US Metal reigns supreme, especially in their inspiration.
An epic front cover, a nice intro and ten songs that could have come out of the American underground Metal scène. Bands like Cage, Twisted Tower Dire, Onward, Exiled, Metal Church, Jag Panzer are constantly crossing my mind and this release fit that row perfectly. Anything that makes US Metal so addictive is available on “Take Command”.
Take a trip back in time, to the mighty eighties and you will find where the sources of inspiration lies for these guys. The production is good and makes the listener even believe more that this is an American product. No matter how big Germany is in the Metal scène, a part of the Metal fans out there are really fond of US Metal and Sceptor is the perfect prove.
Melodic lines on those typical hard hitting rhythms, strong vocal performances, convincing leads… This sounds strong and invites the listener to keep on using the play button. The epic touches in the music works and the structures of these arrangements are obviously well performed. I hear good musicians, fronted by a singer with a good clean voice, not afraid to make a high scream once and a while.
Fans of US Metal will be satisfied by what this German product and the fact they were inspired by the grace of US Metal can be heard in a song called ‘Time’, including a sample that has been heard on Helstar’s best effort, check it out to know what I am talking about. This album is released in 2012 and it was a very good debut. It will never give the band a kind of world domination but fans of this kind of True Metal have another band to look forward to. Check these guys out at https://www.facebook.com/Sceptorofficial
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 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish