Lethal Saint's debut work is further proof that the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal movement is international, and growing. Hailing from the isle of Cyprus, this five man crew, though not yet born, deliver heavy metal circa 1985. With the galloping pace of the rhythm section, twin guitar attack, melodic lines with plenty of chanting backups, soaring vocals, and the hand drawn cover, Lethal Saint nails the best of those hallowed days. The recording is loose and raw, preserving the sound of those tape trading, but without sounding like a basement tape. Andreas Pugioukas's vocals are a perfect fit for Lethal Saint's metal style with a range from an even delivery to metal screams.
What's truly scary, and amazing, about Lethal Saint is their thorough understanding of their chosen genre and their effortless skill at delivering it. The arrangements are quite fundamental, yet with inspired originality far from mere homage. Heavy Metal Knights, Chains of the Devil, You're a Sinner, and Midnight Warriors are strong songs derivative (in the best way) of traditional metal. Sometimes, Lethal Saint is able to give their metal a popular flair, ala Judas Priest, as on Rock 'N Roll Survivor and Wild in the Night. Finally, Lethal Saint is able slow it down for some moving and epic metal ballads on Thunder Strikes and Visions of the Night incorporating acoustic guitar with traditional soaring solos.
Indeed, Lethal Saint has all the guts and glory of classic heavy metal on their self-titled debut. It's greater to see the younger generations grasping and exploring what we fifty-something metalheads have always loved. Strongly recommended.
Lethal Saint has all the guts and glory of classic heavy metal on their self-titled debut. It's greater to see the younger generations grasping and exploring what we fifty-something metalheads have always loved. Strongly recommended.
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