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Inactive Messiah - Sinful Nation (CD)

Inactive Messiah
Sinful Nation
by Harry Papadopoulos at 27 June 2008, 11:20 AM

Almost two months ago I had the opportunity to do the studio report for this album. As I wrote, I was looking forward to this album with great expectations. And, for devils sake, I wasn't wrong! I think that here we are dealing with the best album from INACTIVE MESSIAH so far.

The band was formed back in 2001 under the name WOMB OF MAGGOTS. With that name, the band released only one demo, Life Odium, before changing it to INACTIVE MESSIAH. By that name they released two albums, the self-titled in 2004 and Be My Drug in 2006. Between those two albums, several lineup changes took place. Just after their deal with Holy Records, they had another lineup change. Katerina (drums) left the band for personal reasons and Michalis took her place. So the band, with a new album on the way, hit the road for an extended tour.

So, here I am with the full CD in my hands. As I said earlier, this album is probably the best one so far for the band from Athens, Greece. Fortunately, including the latest releases from the two pioneers of the Greek scene (ROTTING CHRIST and SEPTICFLESH), we are witnessing a second wave of good albums from new bands and this is one of those. The tracks are balancing between the brutality of BOLT THROWER in some parts, the melodies of bands like HEAVEN SHALL BURN and SEPTICFLESH, something that anyone can understand since the production and mixing was made by Fotis Brenardo. The big difference between this album and the previous one is that you won't find so much industrial elements in it. All the songs are going to make you move your head up and down (aka headbanging), but my favorite ones are Soulless, with a nice eastern melody, Chosen One, Failure and Like An Endless Lament with the nice acoustic part.

I believe that this album is kicking major ass! If you like a mixture of the previously mentioned bands, this is an album for you. I would have rated it with 7.5, but since we don't have half's and I believe that if they try even harder, their next album is going to be better…

3 Star Rating

Chosen One
Theatrical World
Sinful Nation
Eat My Flesh And Drink My Blood
Forged In Flames
From Birth To Death
Like An Endless Lament
Xristos - Vocals
Thanos - Guitars, Clean Vocals
Sotiris - Guitars
Lefteris - Bass
Michalis - Drums
Record Label: Holy Records


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