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Angel Dust
Bleed (Century Media)

By: Jeb Branin

Yet again I have been shown that preconceived notions are fool's notions. This CD is nothing like what I expected. Based on the band's work a decade ago I was expecting speed metal and with the album art I was thinking maybe a move towards more of a death sound. Wrong on both counts. This isn't 80s thrash and it sure as hell (pardon the pun) isn't death metal. If Ronnie James Dio were recording music relevant for the turn of the millennium it would sound like this. Highly melodic, this metal soars and floats above the masses. It elevates itself by avoiding the cliches and the trappings of metal's mundane. If forced to try and pigeonhole it I would say this fits nicely into the realms of power metal but with much more of a classic feel than most new age power metal. I am even impressed with the three ballads on the album (power ballads, of course) especially "Follow Me" which is very smooth and palatable without being wimpy. A superb release from a band that shows its age in all the right ways.
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