Angel Dust - _Bleed_
(Century Media, 1999)
by: Adrian Bromley (
With a definite nod to the music of such greats as Savatage, Dream Theater and Ronnie James Dio, German power metal act Angel Dust go the extra mile here will a truly stunning masterpiece. Bright, powerful wails of metal flow out of _Bleed_ and consume the listener. I'm just incredibly fascinated by the musicianship that Angel Dust have mastered on _Bleed_, having not really been a devout follower of the band since their early days. Listening to the record numerous times, it just goes to show that lots of hard time and hard work does pay off in the end -- and _Bleed_ is proof of that. Most metal bands from the '80s have managed to stay pretty dated with what they do, but Angel Dust have managed to avoid the cliche sounds plaguing other older acts. The key to their success with _Bleed_? Intricate guitar riffs, truly amazing melodic vocals and great atmosphere. Those three elements bring Angel Dust above the rest as we close out 1999, though the new Dream Theater (_Scenes From a Memory_) is excellent as well. What can I say? I'm smitten with their metal sound. Fans wishing to hear classic '80s metal rejuvenated for consumption (in the best way possible, of course) look no further, as Angel Dust is your best choice. Stunning.
(article published 9/12/1999)
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