I’ve always heard about STEEL PROPHET, read about STEEL PROPHET and then forgotten about STEEL PROPHET. A band I’ve never been close to in any way, until I received the promo of their new CD “Beware”.
There’s been some change in the band; they have a new singer who goes by the name Nadir D’Priest (ex LONDON and D’PRIEST) and now that they’ve fulfilled their contract with Nuclear Blast, the Americans have moved on to Massacre Records.
I’ll just say it right away, I don’t get this CD; is this the sound of one of the forefathers of U.S. Power Metal? The songs do nothing, average if anything. The arrangements are traditional in style, by the book with colourful melodies circling around the heavy riffs. Some cool ideas are present but used with less fortunate results. The best example I can give you is “Heavenly”; mostly a midpaced Power Metal song until a weird combination of U.S. Metal and childish blast beats show up at the end.
The band incorporates some minor Thrash Metal passages in “Transfusion Wamp” (what a laughable chorus), which aren’t easy to enjoy because of the disgusting and unnecessary samples. Same thing happens in ”Political Greed (Petrol Man)”; the Thrash influences are there but soon shrouded by hideous distorted Hardcore vocals (since when is Hardcore, Thrash and Power Metal a successful mix?). “Moosilauke Cascade” is an instrumental outro with nice guitar shredding from both guitarists, these guys can play but that’s not enough to save the day for this album.
If Urban Breed and Bruce Dickinson (around “The Number Of The Beast”) decided to have some beers and jam some vocal harmonies together, this is what they’d sound like. Nadir D’Priest has his bright moments but it’s a long way to the top yet. I get the feeling that Steve Kachinsky and Pete Skermetta aren’t all fired up when they play their guitars, some of the solos are performed sloppy (see the one in the title track appearing at ). Furthermore, the guitar duo has chosen a very unorthodox tone for their axes, what gives?
The sound is worthy of a good demo, yep you read right. Aren’t these guys supposed to be veterans in the genre? I thought sound problems were a thing of the past after recording seven albums!
A huge disappointment, unless they remix the album before sending it out to the CD stores I’m afraid there’s not much to be gained from “Beware”. (Online August 4, 2004)