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Review: Matthias Steele - Haunting Tales of a Warrior's Past
Matthias Steele
Haunting Tales of a Warrior's Past

Label: Independent
Year released: 1991
Duration: 57:48
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 2/5

Review online: January 22, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating
Haunting Tales of a Warrior's Past

Rated 4.17/5 (83.33%) (12 Votes)

Matthias Steele is a Progressive/Thrash band from the U.S. Despite the name, this is a three-member group (and nobody is named that). This was their debut and it features the good but mostly bad things that the genre has to offer. First, I want to start with the positives. There is a tight level of musicianship in the band. Clearly, these guys know how to play their instruments to its fullest, the vocals are very good as the singer can make some impressive screams and has a solid mid range.

Then there is the songwriting ability, which is frankly speaking, is a mess. The songs are excessively long for their own good and on top of that, they feel disjointed, it seems like the band didn't know where to go or what to do. The record has 10 songs and lasts about an hour but after I finished listening to it, it felt like 5 hours had passed. The production is weak at best, everything is too quiet and I have to crank it up to hear everything that I needed to. It was obvious that this was an independent job and I've heard better works from small-budget independent productions.

In my opinion, Haunting Tales of a Warrior's Past is a below average album. There isn't anything terrible about it but there isn't anything too exciting either. I've heard the metal in here countless times and you probably did too. But if you want to hear what Dream Theater would sound like if they adopted a thrash style and ditched the keyboards, then by all means get this album. If you decide to pass on this, you won't be missing out on anything.

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