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Wicked Mystic - Lithium (8,5/10) - Netherlands - 2002

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Mausoleum Records
Playing time: 49:47
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. Toxemia
  2. Hollow Phrase
  3. Knight Errant
  4. MIA Man
  5. Silent Dance
  6. Broken From Bending
  7. Calm Despair
  8. The Reverie
  9. Mournful Rhymes
  10. Warhorse
  11. Inborn Jester
  12. Last Honesty
Wicked Mystic - Lithium
I didn't know that the Mausoleum-Label still exists or exists again. They were responsible for some important releases in the 80s like WARLOCK, LIVING DEATH or ATLAIN after all.

Here we have to deal with an Power Metal formation from the Netherlands, who are impressing me much. I don't know, if this is their debut, but the cannons, which WM show here are heavy calibre! They offer a perfect symbiosis of the new and old school of classic Metal. The sound is great, modern and dry, the vocals high and very emotional with some slight Buddy Lackey touch. But the riffing can be still rather traditional. But all in all the thrashing axe predominates. The Band is not afraid even of acoustic breaks and light Prog influences.

It is a varied, thought-through album, which gets never boring and delights almost every facet of Heavy Metal, if you don't consider the extreme clubbing! What is positive, too, is the fact that we are spared with up-speed-songs. I think, there are enough alternatives. Although "Warhorse" make a great job, but more in a thrashy way! A song like "Inborn Jester" is just a great god song, which is the absolute highlight of this album for me. Apart from the boring "Mournful Rhymes" there is nothing to criticize on "Lithium".

I can recommend this CD to every NEVERMORE or BRAINSTORM fan. (Online August 9, 2002)

Ralf Henn



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