Messenger – Captain’s Loot

Germany’s Messenger return with an eight track album of original tracks and covers, delivered in the classic Heavy Metal style, and with the subtlety of a brick.

For a start, Siegfried Schüssler has the most Metal of Metal voices anywhere on the planet, when this guy screams, windows shatter and virgins run for cover. Couple that Germany’s Messenger return with an eight track album of original tracks and covers, delivered in the classic Heavy Metal style, and with the subtlety of a brick. For a start, Siegfried Schüssler has the most Metal of Metal voices anywhere on the planet, when this guy screams, windows shatter and virgins run for cover. Couple that with some immense and technically mind boggling guitar work, and this album reaches dizzy heights indeed. I must admit, when the album appeared, the prospect of listening to the potential destruction of classic Metal tunes filled me with more than a tad of dread. None of it though, to be perfectly blunt, it works. Messenger have paid homage yes but stamped their own authority on the songs as well, cleverly throwing in a few original compositions into the mix, making the album flow really well. I’m guessing the idea behind this release was to give the fans something to bite on until a new album proper surfaces in the not too distant future, coupled with the desire just to go into the studio and have some fun knocking out some anthemic songs. Indeed, it is that feeling of shackles off, unbridled fun […]

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