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Steel Prophet - Dark Hallucinations (9/10) - USA - 1999

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing time: 58:46
Band homepage: Steel Prophet

Tracklist:

  1. Montag
  2. New Life
  3. Strange Encounter >mp3
  4. The Secret
  5. We're Not Alone
  6. Betrayal
  7. Look What You've Done
  8. Scarred For Life
  9. Spectres
  10. The Apparition
  11. Ride The Sky
Steel Prophet - Dark Hallucinations

In 1999, STEEL PROPHET released their most successful record. It was also the first for the major Nuclear Blast... but who thinks, that this must be also the most commercial work of the band, is completely wrong... It’s almost a sacrilege to use the word “commercially” in context with STEEL PROPHET. This band has delivered some divine records for “deaf” people, but who really knows them? The same goes for this longplayer, based on a Science Fiction concept. Songs like the unbelievable “New Life” or for example “Strange Encounter” are songs, I would never miss, honestly! This is intelligent, slightly complexe but always accessible Power Metal.

 

“Dark Hallucinations” is an incredibly exciting album, containing almost all facets of Metal. “We’re Not Alone” has fast passages, even a cool, short Blast part can be found in the melodic track “Montag”, which is really unexpected, but it sounds cool... Every song has class and underlines (at that time) the status of this band. But STEEL PROPHET were and are still more a secret tip for fans, who mourned after bands like old MAIDEN, FATES WARNING etc. This music was not meant to be a bestseller. But is it that, what we really want? That every poser and wimp listens and understands our music? Hardly.

 

Unfortunately, one had to recognize, that the band was constantly on the down grade after this album... “Messiah” was still great, then came “Book Of The Dead”, which was also good but with negative tendencies and then there was the highlight in a negative way, “Unseen”... The new album “Beware” (with new vocalist) is allegedly worse (Rick can’t be substituted, he proves it on the new NEW EDEN output “Stagnant Procession” with a real killer performance...). The band tried to be more accessible but unfortunately, they were now also more predictable. Exactly those surprising moments, the unusual vocal harmonies and the slightly progressive arrangements were the most attractive elements of STEEL PROPHET’s works... Too bad, another legend, you have to forget (in the meantime, I’ve listened to “Beware” – better to not speak about it...just one more tear!) (Online September 25, 2004)

Ralf Henn



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