MESSIAH - FINAL WARNING
Metal To Infinity
How more Christian can a band sound with the name of
Messiah? Hardly impossible I guess. Anyway Retroactive Record is specialized in
Christian Metal bands or should we say White Metal? So many names were called
for this kind of Metal and I remember bands like Stryper had always had a lot of
opponents in the past but they could also count on a big fan base.
And no, not every fan was a Christian, Stryper just used to play good
Metal too, is it allowed? Oh yes it is and for some reason I have always liked
this kind of bands because of the way they perform Metal. As far as I know there
are still a lot of goodies to come on Retroactive Records, you don’t hear me
Messiah isn’t exactly a pure Metal band. I
consider them more as a melodic yet heavy Hard Rock band with an average
Progressive touch and okay, a little slice of Heavy Metal. I suppose fans of
very old NWOBHM could be pleased by them. This band is in fact not that easy to
be labeled but I suppose no one can deny how talented these guys really were.
They know how to write a good song and bring varied arrangements. Messiah is all
of the time capable to add a good emotional touch to their songs, by the guitars,
the refrains or even heartbreaking vocal lines, Messiah touches more than once
the soul of the listener. It’s clear these guys are mainly influenced by
Seventies and early Eighties (Hard) Rock bands and I suppose fans of Rush,
Marillion - and yes – fans of old NWOBHM
should give this band a fair chance!
Messiah was formed in 1983and released “Final
Warning” and an EP I made another review about. It’s so cool from this label
that they still attend this kind of albums, releases that should have been
forgotten without this record company. This sound a bit dated and I suppose only
older readers are really interested, although Seventies Rock is also wanted by a
younger public nowadays. While listening to this release you should be aware
this music is almost 30 years old! For that time this was a kind of music that
wasn’t that simple to deliver, another reason to respect “Final Warning”.
Add the fact that I have heard plenty of good guitar solos and you have a good
reason to try this one out.
Of course it was way too difficult to break through
with Christian music in the Eighties! Not only the NWOBHM, the biggest part of
traditional Heavy Metal bands and plenty of Thrash Metal bands were worshipping
the Devil and the dark sides of life. It was a big part of their success and you
can ask yourself if bands like, let’s say Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate or Slayer
would have been successful if they would have delivered the words of God. I
suppose not but I have always been a fan of Metal music in the first place and I
still am. In these thoughts I consider Messiah as a good Hard Rock /Heavy Metal
band with no exceptional yet a good album called “Final Warning”.
My Points: 80 / 100 (Review by Officer Nice)
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