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Mega Colussus
June 2017
Released: 2016, Killer Metal
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: John Haseltine

This month here at Metal-Rules, I was given the opportunity to spotlight the German metal label, Killer Metal Records. Ran by Jens Hafner, Killer Metal Records prides itself on bringing to the surface the more traditional sounding metal bands of old. Not too old though. More so the stylings of the ‘80s and ‘90s while still sounding relevant in today’s world of metal. Not one genre or sub-genre is left out in the cold with Killer Metal Records as it seems that if they like the band, they sign the band. Which by any account is a good way to build a solid label for the fans while not straying off with the more mainstream ‘cash grab’ sounding bands many labels add to their rosters. With that being said, I hope you enjoy the review below of one of the four bands I was summoned to review. My main complaint with this little assignment this month is there was only enough time to listen to four of the many talented bands Killer Metal Records has to offer.

Hailing from North Carolina is NWOBM influenced, Mega Colossus. What I originally thought was a new band, turned into nothing more than a name change. Mega Colossus, formerly Colossus, formed in 2005. With a full-length and a couple of EP’s under their belt, they decided to change their name. Not sure what the exact reasoning is other that Mega Colossus is bigger than Colossus. As stated in the opening sentence, Mega Colossus is heavily influenced by the NWOBM movement. Their sound has many moments of the likes of Maiden, Priest, Thin Lizzy, and the Scorpions to name a few. Not that there are exact similarities to the aforementioned, but the influence in there. With that being mentioned, which did not have to be said, but is noted by the band, Mega Colossus may draw their influences from many of the best in traditional heavy metal, but seem to me to actually stand out all on their own. The clean styled vocals are some of the sounding pipes in the business. Sean Buchanan has been and continues to turn heads with his vocal ability hitting all ranges with a perfection only shared by a few in the business. The galloping riffs and ripping solos throughout are focused and on track. The production on this album is very well done which helps the experience.

HYPERGLAIVE being the fourth release by Mega Colossus is a superb offering of traditional heavy and power metal of the likes that many bands today can’t seem to offer. An album with passion and feeling that pulls you in from the opening notes and drags you under until the very end without letting up. What a true metal album should do. “Do you like Barbarian Tales, Swords and Sorcery, and strange, post-apocalyptic realms where magic and science combine? Do you like to rock the fuck out? Then Mega Colossus is your band!” (Taken from the MEGA COLOSSUS Bio)
Track Listing

1. Sunsword
2. Sea of Stars
3. Gods and Demons
4. The Judge
5. Betta Master
6. Behold the Worm
7. You Died
8. Star Wranglers


Sean Buchanan- Vocals
Bill Fisher-guitar
Stephen Cline-guitar
Ry Eshelman-bass



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