Dark Hallucinations (Nuclear Blast)
by Scott Hefflon
Yet more Agent Steele-based yip metal (actually, Steel Prophet pre-dates A.S., I just use the band as a loathsome reference and, when you get right down to it, it’s really not to their credit that these guys started first and finished last). This reeks of the ’80s, unlike much of the new powermetal and heavy metal around these days. In touch with their inner musician, the fellas are equal parts mediocre thrash and wanking prog metal (Fates Warning, Dream Theater, and that whole lot), and seeing as I nearly retch from the stink of both, you know where I stand. Far away. Some find it odd that one such as I could be enthusiastic about progressive black metal as well as power and heavy metal, but allow me to draw a line: Helloween (and all similar), interesting, fun, and good (usually), Steel Prophet (and anything serious and pretentious), useless, preying on the nostalgically-impaired, and bad.
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