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6 was 9 is just the 1st taste. very pleasing to the ears.

One of the finest power metal albums to date

It has its standout hits, such as When Six was Nine, which humbly begins with a rocking drum intro that simply gets the listener's pulse in action, and then belts out one of the finest metal anthems I've ever heard. The fast paced Tragic Flaws follows in its predecessor's footsteps, using an incredible riff that makes one think that this band deserves a lot more attention than it gets already. Finally, the powerful Burning into Blackness begins by allowing the listener to soar majestically with Rick Mythiasin's vocals, until the solo kicks in. With Mythiasin's dark and heavy growl, the song plummets into metal insanity, as guitarists Steve Kachinsky and Horacio Colmenares flirt furiously, yet effortlessly, with the line between calm and aggressive. Finally, the solo ends, and the listener is brought back to the calm sereneness from the beginning of the song, until the crushing chorus comes in, and delivers the final blow to an all around powerful song. The album ends with the Queen inspired Oleander, which, although not worth $0.99, is still pretty good. Basically, anyone who is a fan of Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson should check this band out; it's scary how similar they are.


If you like Iron Maiden, or melodic power metal, this is the album for you. This album came out of nowhere and blows all of their other material out of the water! Whatever they were doing when they wrote this album, they need to do it again, because they were never this good before, or after this album was released. The guitar melodies are absolutely ingenious, beautifully crafted, and very catchy. The vocals are a bit on the high side, but in this case, it does not take away from the maiden-esque arrangements that are played through every song on this album. If you buy one album from these guys, make it this one and you will not be disappointed.


Formed: Connecticut, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

The psychedelia-tinged metal outfit Steel Prophet was formed in Connecticut in the late '80s by guitarist Steve Kachinsky Blakmoor and vocalist Gary Stocking; the original rhythm section featured bassist Wayne Faircloth and drummer Harry Blackwell, the son of jazz drummer Ed Blackwell. Blackwell soon departed owing to the poor quality of his drum kit and was replaced by John "J.T." Tarascio; Stocking, meanwhile, was kicked out after erratic, alcohol-fueled behavior. Blakmoor and Tarascio moved to...
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Book of the Dead, Steel Prophet
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: May 15, 2001

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