|Review: Mystic Prophecy - Fireangel|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: July 11, 2009
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
Rated 3.95/5 (79.05%) (42 Votes)
Talk about a pleasant surprise. I liked Mystic Prophecy's last album Satanic Curses, and I've enjoyed everything else I've heard from them, but I did not expect them to churn out something this cool after five albums. This is still the same Mystic Prophecy as before, but this time the songwriting is better, the riffs are better and the vocals are more aggressive. In every respect, Fireangel is a tremendous album that can knock heads with Heaven & Hell and Herman Frank in 2009's big battle of riff-tastic Heavy Metal, and I fucking love it.
Take everything good about Satanic Curses - the stomping, arena-like riffs with their demonic, angry twist, the vocals of R.D. Liapakis and the smooth, powerful melodies he belts out, and the heavy-as-a-fucking-brick production job - and multiply it by ten, and you have this album. I have not headbanged this hard in ages. The riffs on here are catchy, confident and completely metal to the core, striking your ears with the force of a truck of anvils and a hugely crunchy, rich tone that I just love. This stuff will make you want to air-guitar and headbang and sing along until you collapse. There are no weak tracks, no quiet intros, no ballads, nothing - just pure, smoldering steel in the truest possible fashion, and it never fucking stops coming at you. These songs are a good deal more complex than the ones on the last album, too, with more riffs and faster tempos in general, and it's all tied together with this dark, wrathful atmosphere that I really love. Everything just sounds more professional as well as more aggressive, and in my books, that makes this one stand out from the band's moderate catalogue.
I mean, really, if you like metal at all, how can you say no to tracks like the excellent opener "Across the Gates of Hell"? You can't, along with songs like the ripping, cathartic "We Kill! You Die!," the furious melodic riff-fest "Father Save Me," the complete non-stop Satanic ownage of "To the Devil I Pray," the catchy title track...fuck, they're all good. I guess the second half of the album isn't as strong as the first, but it's still very strong, and for powerful, evil Heavy Metal in 2009, Mystic Prophecy's Fireangel is a winner that you won't want to pass up.
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