Mob Rules - _Temple of Two Sins_
(LMP/SPV, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (4 out of 10)
While I didn't mind the band's debut disc _Savage Land_ (1999), I find the new release by this talented German progressive metal outfit a tad bit ego-driven. Majestic intros and pompous guitar riffs and vocal melodies flow like a raging river as the band hits a solid, "high-on-our-horse" stride and never let go. This is a tad cheesy as well, with musical segues that could be part of some lavish Broadway musical. I dunno, I'm being a little harsh here, but how come bands like Blind Guardian and even Vanishing Point (reviewed below) are full of creativity and enthusiasm and don't come across as prick-like? Just an observation. No doubt Mob Rules has the talent, they just don't need to flaunt it as excessively as they do here.

(article published 13/3/2001)

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