Lethal Saint - Lethal Saint review


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Band: Lethal Saint
Album: Lethal Saint
Release date: February 2010

01. Chains Of The Devil
02. Final Prayer
03. Thunder Strikes
04. Evil Inside
05. Heavy Metal Knights
06. You're A Sinner
07. Night Of The Sin
08. Rock 'N' Roll Survivor
09. Visions In The Night
10. Midnight Warriors
11. Wild In The Night
12. Lethal Saint

The New Wave of British Heavy Metal is never going to die. Yeah we knew that much already, nonetheless here's yet another band wanting to prove it! I don't think there's a single musical idea or detail that hasn't already been used 25 years ago - a time when most of the band members weren't born yet as I might add - is present on Lethal Saint's self-titled debut album. Hell, even the production sounds two and a half decades old, not to mention the hand drawn cover art.

As far as songwriting goes, it's just as authentically 80-ish as the whole rest of the package, of course borrowing here and there from the greats of the time like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Despite a whole bunch of good guitar solos, the instrumentation is a bit loose at times. Luckily the vocals can make up for it. With his wide range and occasional Halford-esque screams, many bands would have been happy to have had Lethal Saint's vocalist on board.

For me the main flaw of this CD seems to lie in the songs being played too slowly. Many of the songs are pretty good by themselves, if only the instrumentation were sped up a wee little bit. Also a lot of the songs could easily have been 3-5 minutes as opposed to 5-8 minutes. That would also help mitigate the problem that 70 minutes is too long for a release like this.

All in all Lethal Saint isn't a bad album, but it's not much more than a stroll down memory lane either. Oldschool fanatics should get some kicks out of it, but that's pretty much it.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 7
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 3
Production: 7

Written by Bas | 25.03.2010



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25.03.2010 - 14:21
Valentin B
I'm listening right now to Heavy Metal Knights and i agree, the instumentation is "loose", which is a really vague term but perfectly describes it. you need to hear it to believe it.

as for the music itself, it's really unoriginal but i guess that playing original music wasn't their goal in recording this. it's decent but i personally am sick of the nwobhm sound(even though it's awesome), it's just one major influence of what i heard from this album, but it's enough to turn me off. it's extremely formulaic and every band old and new which uses the nwobhm formula sounds pretty much the same, with the exception that many of the old bands are much more punk-oriented and "dirty" while the newer bands are more focused on harmonies, being "metal" and paying tributes to Priest and Maiden, from what i've noticed.

this is pretty much White Wizzard with 80s production and a vocalist with more balls.
Sing me a song, you're a singer
Do me a wrong, you're a bringer of evil.
25.03.2010 - 22:20
Troy Killjoy
This inspired me to listen to Maiden for an hour.
Prettier than BloodTears.

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