COMMANDMENT - NO MERCY
PURE STEEL RECORDS
Metal To Infinity
few years ago I purchased some kind of bootleg version of the “Engraved In
Stone” CD of Commandment. Musical wise it was all I was searching for and it
wasn’t a coincidence that I found this exemplar at one of the editions of the
Keep It True Festival. If you want to find unknown yet superb US Metal albums I
can only advise you to pay a visit to the Metal market at this festival. The
only problem with the CD was the poor production.
Steel Records must have noticed this jewel and re-released it officially not
that long ago and believe me every US Power Metal fanatic has the duty to add
this gem to its collection. These albums makes its spins once and a while
because I believe it belongs amongst the best albums ever in this particular
August I mentioned that another album of the band was released, entitled “No
Mercy”. I was incredibly enthusiast until I’ve noticed the album was only
available on vinyl. I have no vinyl anymore, nor do I have a record player… I
admit I was very disappointed about it but for some reason I was expecting the
release of a CD later on… and here it is!
contains everything a US Power Metal fanatic wants; up-tempo sophisticated
rhythms, a blend of dark powerful arrangements and magnificent guitars, high
pitched soaring vocals! Especially the vocals are extraordinary,
David Nava(R.I.P.) is without any doubts the kind of US Metal singers
that deserves to be worshipped!
album was recorded at the end of the Eighties but never saw the light of day.
The recordings were found back and were re-mastered for this version. A few
‘hidden tracks’ are added and so it makes it all worth buying this release
although I’m not the biggest fan of this kind of hidden songs. The production
is not that good but Commandment is musical wise so good that I don’t really
care…. The advantage is that these songs are clearly separated from the “No
you would ask me to compare Commandment with other bands I would mention Oliver
Magnum, Oracle, Ritual, Mystic Force, Glacier etc. I know that only the chosen
few recognize these bands and will understand what we are talking about! The
same atmosphere can be found on this release. Songs like “Betrayed”, “The
Cell”, “No Mercy” and “Kamikaze” are godlike and foreseen with
fantastic and shredding guitar solos. Everything about this band can be
announced as spectacular and I really hope for a reunion at one of those mighty
German True Metal festivals.
Metal fans and people who adore the Eighties Metal scène shouldn’t doubt
buying this one! This is the kind of Heavy Metal we are living for, some of the
purest US Power Metal! With a stronger production I would have advised this one
to a bigger public… I will, when the band will release their new album.
My Points: 88 / 100 (Review by Officer Nice)
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