Brothers of Heavy Metal united, lift your swords into the sky, fit against titans, pray to Odin and kill the DJs that refuse to play Heavy Metal albums, because Heavy Metal is the law and the prosecutors of this law are five German warriors, which spread their message under the band name MESSENGER.
After a three-year break the band is back and stronger and mightier than before. It seems as if the guys took their time on purpose to fire off a true grenade.
From the first sound on it is clear that the band does not make any compromises, both musically and lyrically. They light some true Heavy Metal fireworks, which starts in a great vein with the title track “Under The Sign“. Folks, I have to say that with “Under The Sign” MESSENGER are the German answer to MANOWAR. I don’t know any other band, also outside of Germany, that celebrates its music like this, using all the clichés in their lyrics and also otherwise exalts itself. The line “Under the sign of the mighty messenger“ speaks for itself. Add to that catchy melodies, straight riffs and a singer that has a lot of talent, even though he sometimes tries too much to sound like Tobias Sammet, and you have an album oozing from power and full of hymns.
I especially want to point out the songs “Kill The DJ“ and “Pray To Odin“. While “Kill The DJ“ reminds me of MANOWAR’s “Metal Daze“ in the chorus and is a true anti Pop hymn, while “Pray To Odin“ is a great battle song. For me also the best track on this album, as it is epic beyond belief.
All MANOWAR haters of this planet should watch their asses, because they shall be kicked big time.
(Online December 17, 2006)