If there’s one thing you can count on at Hammerfest (other than drunkenness , it’s that there’ll be at least one UK thrash band there, having the time of their lives. This time around Savage Messiah get that honour.
Plague of Conscience was one of the strongest ‘trad’ metal albums to be released last year, but Savage Messiah haven’t as yet been able to execute the musical precision and giant melodies that the album promised in a live setting yet. Hampered by the aforementioned problems with the sound, the ballsy riffs and razor sharp licks of songs like ‘All Seeing I’ sound decent but are smothered by the thunderous cacophony of the drums; even the more tentative ‘In Thought Alone’ doesn’t give Dave Silver the chance to show how his vocals have leapt up to match Savage Messiah’s excellent musicianship. In better news, the new track ‘Iconoclast’ sounds feral and indicates a retention of form that’ll surely be demonstrated on their upcoming album.