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In Metal We Trust
Released: 2011, Black Leather Records
Pegazus was a long time favorite around Metal-Rules. They also fell into the ‘whatever happened to?’ category quite rapidly with an eight year gap since the excellent album in 2002, THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN. To be frank, I thought the band was done. Then suddenly, recently I read the news of a new full-length album and I couldn’t be happier.
In case you missed the band the first time around, these Australian dudes broke out in 1995 with an indie on their own label. Nuclear Blast picked them up a couple of albums, then the band went back to the independent route for a couple more and then went walkabout in the outback for the better part of a decade.
IN METAL WE TRUST is another fine album from Pegazus. They are consistent and unwavering to the principles of writing classic metal tunes. Metal is the main theme of this comeback with three songs with the word ‘Metal’ in the title. Then lead-off cut, ‘Metal Messiah’ is not the full-on double-kick attack, driven tune you might expect to lead off an album, but it is an up-tempo grinder with a catchy chorus. Strong tracks are laced through the album; start to finish. The album finishes strong with an alternate version of ‘Old Skool Metal Dayz’ with David Shankle, Ross The Boss and Jeff Watson doing some guest work in an awesome extended soloing session! Guitar madness! This is probably one of the best Metal anthems I’ve heard this year.
Line-up in-stability and Pegazus go hand-in-hand as they have yet to have the same line on two albums in a row. However, IN METAL WE TRUST sees the triumphant return of original vocalist, Justin Flemming. He has still got range and power and fits really well back into the band. Founder Johnny is still at the helm and writing classic material. He also demonstrates his influences and commitment to Metal by choosing to cover ‘Metal Gods’ by Judas Priest. Of all the versions of this song I’ve heard, this is one of them.
Oh yes, IN METAL WE TRUST is a strong contender for album cover art of the year. You really can’t go wrong with a hot chick riding a winged motorcycle in outer-space. A very welcome return sees the band firing on all cylinders.
1. Metal Messiah
2. Road Warrior
3. Old Skool Metal Dayz
4. We Live To Rock
5. Haunting Me
6. Eye For An Eye
8. Metal Gods
9. End Of The World
10. Death Or Glory
11. Old Skool Metal Dayz (Extended Version)
Justin Fleming - Vocals
Johnny Stojcevski - Guitars, Vocals
Cory Betts - Bass
Ange Sotiro - Drums