Final Xit – True Nature

Reviewed: September 1999Released: 1998, IndependentRating: 3.0/5 Reviewer: EvilG Final Exit are a prog/power metal band from Houston, Texas. Influences range from Iron Maiden, Sanctuary, (older) Queensryche and Fates Warning. They have been doing pretty well for themselves in Houston and have opened for the likes of Metallica, Mercyful Fate, Fates…

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Samael – Eternal

Reviewed: September 1999Released: 1999, Century MediaRating: 2.5/5 Reviewer: EvilG Switzerland’s ever evolving Samael return with their fifth full length CD. The cover art is very fitting – spacey like the music contained therein. Industrial flavored death/black metal with way too many keyboards. Quite the simplification, but that’s what I think…

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Ratt – s/t

Reviewed: September 1999Released: 1999, Portrait RecordsRating: 5.0/5 Reviewer: Pete What a disappointment! Recently signed to hairspray heaven (Jon Klodner’s Portrait Records), Ratt are back with their debut for this label. On this album they’ve had the assistance of outside writers, and it shows. It’s not Ratt. Mediocre at best, nothing…

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Symphorce – Truth To Promises

Reviewed: September 1999Released: 1999, Noise RecordsRating: 3.5/5 Reviewer: EvilG Germany’s Symphorce consist of Stefan Kollner (drums), H. Peter Walter (keys), Mike Hammer (bass), Stef Bertolla (guitars) and Andy B. Frank on vocals. Some diehard prog/power metalheads will probably recognize Andy’s name as he was previously the vocalist for German prog/power…

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