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Album Review

The fourth long-player from England's Savage Messiah, the Fateful Dark forgoes any and all attempts at subtlety by infusing its very Seventh Son of a Seventh Son-era Iron Maiden-inspired inaugural moments with a wailing air raid siren. It's an effective move, and also a bit of a red herring, as the remaining five minutes of album-opener "Iconocaust" are more concerned with navigating the serpentine hallways of groove-kissed, melodic thrash than they are the dual lead-driven blast of traditional power metal. Vocalist/guitarist Dave Silver can sneer like Dave Mustaine, but he can also reach the nosebleed seats with a fairly convincing Halford-esque falsetto, which he does to great effect on the meat-and-potatoes single "Hellblazer," a propulsive slice of double-kick-fueled melodic metal mayhem that evokes classic Helloween, Testament, and even Dio. The first half of Fateful Dark feels somewhat traditionally structured, leaning harder on the Bay Area thrash-meets-new wave of British heavy metal side of things, but the proceedings adopt a more progressive state of mind on the back half, with the surging, funereal title cut and the like-minded "Zero Hour" tearing through genres like the Big Bad Wolf blowing down a line of hastily constructed Mc-Mansions. Things speed up again with the one-two punch of "Hammered Down" and "Scavengers of Mercy," eventually coming to a head on the relentless closer "The Cursed Earth," and effectively signaling the end of another seductively wild ride from one of heavy metal's last purists.

Customer Reviews


Their best stuff by far! Great riffs and catchy hooks, great album.

Awesome album!!👍

All the songs are great in this album, but hellblazer is a totally beast song


Quite possibly the best post 2000 band I've heard. Zero Hour might be the best one on here.


Born: London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '10s

New millennium melodic thrashers Savage Messiah hail from London, England, where they were formed by vocalist, lead guitarist, and all-around creative force Dave Silver shortly after the demise of his previous band, Headless Cross. The band issued its debut EP, Spitting Venom, in 2007, followed in 2009 by a proper full-length, the Candlelight Records-issued Insurrection Rising. The following year saw the band ink a multi-album deal with...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Mar 10, 2014

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