LETHAL SAINT - WWIII
(Pure Steel Records)
Review by Sloof
Those that travelled to Cyprus, in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, will know that Cyprus is known for its seafood, potatoes in olive oil and parsley, watermelons and its desserts like lokum and Soutzoukos. But deep down in the underground, things are moving as well, as metalheads gather and unite and they take up their instruments to start a rumble and sonic attack. Metal is the common factor and Lethal Saint is one of the critical acclaimed bands that are ready to unleash their new album. The band started in Nicosia around 2006 and besides a few lineup changes, we may say that the band was spared much misery. And the future looks bright for Lethal Saint, as their new album is finished and ready to be released, so keep an eye on ‘WWIII’, as you will get a furious and passionate album of a band that is eagerly waiting to invade the mainland!
Pitch Black Records forwarded me their debut album ‘Lethal Saint’ in 2010, but for the new output, the band was signed by Pure Steel Records from Germany. I don’t know if this change in label results in a huge difference as I have the idea that both Pitch Black as Pure Steel are respecting their bands and supporting their artists the best way possible. There might be a change in organization and possibilities as Pitch Black was domestic, while Pure Steel resides in Germany, and that’s called as the main capital for Heavy Metal bands in Europe. Anyway, after the release of the debut album, the band recorded a demo (‘Saint Strikes Back’) and released a single by Emanes Metal Records, but now it’s time for the successor, named ‘WWIII’. I guess that all of you know that this means World War 3…
‘The Curse’ is an intro that guides us with a mysterious atmosphere into ‘Merciless Decay’. From the very first moment, I was intrigued by the old school sound of the album. While the guitars of Andreas Kasapis and Chistoforos Gavriel interact with each other, they keep the pace in the songs and the solos come from all directions. The vocals of Andreas Pouyioukkas are a little hoarse, but have a very ‘metal sounding’ approach as well. Nice accent, nice interpretation and a front man who knows how to handle his skills! ‘Prophecy Of War’ continues at high speed and again, I have an Obsession feeling, as the songs have some resemblances with the “Marshall Law” era. Those that want it a little slower but heavier will be pleased with ‘Order To Defend’ and ‘Thorns Of Existence’ while speed freaks will go wild with the songs ‘Ascend To Power’ and ‘Prophecy Of War’. At some moments I had Iced Earth in my mind as the vocal lines have the same voice timbre as Matt Barlow and Stu Block, and this is good company to spent with!
Lethal Saint evolved through the years, the songs have more maturity and I’m sure that this band is ready for their next level. See if you can find ‘WWIII’ in your local record shop and take a good listen to songs like ‘Ascend To Power’ and ‘Merciless Decay’. I’m sure that you will grab your wallet to buy this piece of metal! http://www.lethal-saint.com/ https://www.facebook.com/lethalsaintheavymetal
My rating: 86 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish