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Fireangel

Germany Country of Origin: Germany

Fireangel
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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: May 22nd, 2009
Genre: Power, Speed, Thrash
1. Across The Gates Of Hell
2. Demons Crown
4. Father Save Me
5. To The Devil I Pray
6. Fireangel
7. Fight Back The Light
8. Death Under Control
9. Revolution Evil
10. Gods Of War
11. Forever Betrayed


Review by Felix on April 3, 2020.

One can love Mystic Prophecy and one can hate the band. One can even say that their old-fashioned heavy / power metal is meaningless. But everybody who denies their integrity is a goddamn liar. (No, Felix, you are wrong. Get a copy of their recently published cover album and you know that you better start the review anew.) Okay, that's right, but now I want to go on with this review and therefore I modify: Mystic Prophecy were an absolutely reliable crew unless they released their newest (so-called) monuments. (Want a quick buck? Wish you good luck!) Fireangel - already this wonderful name speaks for itself - continues the line of their previous albums: pure steel, vigorously performed, not innovative, but gripping and sometimes really exciting.

The band prefers conventional song patterns and the affinity of the musicians for tradition gives them the order to concentrate on strong and catchy choruses. 'To the Devil I Pray' is a prime example. Melodic, mid-paced and crowned by a dramatic chorus. No surprise, the lead vocals are very good again and the guitars combine robustness with a smooth flow. The lyrics are pretty stereotyped ("the priest will kill again" - the core competency of this profession) and that's no big news as well, but the heavy-metal-prototype-voice of Liapakis is able to sell us the biggest nonsense as great art. This guy makes the difference. He sounds expressive, powerful and charismatic, a perfect vocalist for this kind of metal, and he benefits from the excellent production. Masculine and slightly frightening background vocals support him during the absolute highlight, 'Demon's Crown'. The song reveals an enormous depth and the chorus explains the irresistible might of metal in a matter of seconds. There are not many bands in this genre that are able to write such a hookline - and to implement it successfully. But the experienced gang of Mystic Prophecy does not show any technical deficiencies. Nevertheless, the album does not only consist of highlights.

Maybe it is just a matter of personal taste, but sometimes the band crosses the borderline to pop music. In spite of the general heaviness of this song, the chorus of 'Father Save Me' sounds pretty light and this does not constitute a perfect match with the rather desperate lyrics. Even the relatively dark beginning of the title track does not prevent that its chorus emphasizes the melodic side of the formation. However, this song reveals its force in a mighty way and the same applies for a comparatively harsh track like 'Death Under Control'. For sure, Mystic Prophecy combine fat guitars with a rather unusual number of harmonious elements, but generally speaking, they do it cleverly. Too bad that the guys run out of ideas at the end of the album. It is no coincidence that 'Gods of War' hails from a very late position and the same applies for 'Revolution Evil'. Just like the closer, these tracks pass by without doing any harm and that's the best what can be said about them. The heck with it! Fireangel is a pretty good album from a band that goes its way while giving their supporters what they want.

Rating: 7.2 out of 10

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