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Mystic Prophecy - 2003 Regressus


MYSTIC PROPHECY - REGRESSUS (2003, NUCLEAR BLAST)
Roberto Dimitri Liapakis - vocals
Gus G - guitars
Dennis Ekdahl - drums
Martin Albrecht - bass


Background
I really don't know where Gus G finds the time. The Greek virtuoso guitarist is a member of no fewer than 4 bands - Mystic Prophecy, Dream Evil, Firewind and Nightrage. Some may say that's overkill, but I'm thankful that we get to hear so much from this gifted musician. Gus isn't the only busy member of Mystic Prophecy, with each having involvement in other acts such as Valleys Eve, Raise Hell and Trance. On the latest Mystic Prophecy you can hear parts that remind you of Firewind and the tougher moments of Dream Evil, but this album leans further towards traditional power metal.

The Songs
There is plenty of power on 'Regressus', such as the very first track. 'Calling From Hell' is a blistering metal anthem with a stunning solo by Gus. There's a little more restraint on 'Eternal Flame' and a memorable chorus. 'Lords Of Pain'is a tough heavy rocker, but unfortunately the chorus gets a little lost under the onslaught of Gus G's guitar. That's made up for though in the solo. The band gets it near perfect on 'Sign Of The Cross', a stomping and crunchy tune that has Liapakis singing clear and true. Excellent track. 'Night Of The Storm' had the potential to be huge, but the lack of a dominant chorus diminishes its impact. Still a good song, but could have been even better. It gets a bit run-of-the mill on the next couple of tracks 'In Your Sins' and 'Forgotten Soul'. I guess you could call them fillers. You don't get that impression on 'Then Demons Return', a speedy melodic metal tune with more scintillating work by Gus. Once again though, the chorus is understated. The same can be said for the final three tracks 'Lost In Time', the title track and 'The Land Of The Dead'. Each good songs but just missing that edge in the chorus.

In Summary
Though I'm mostly impressed by the latest Mystic Prophecy album, especially Gus G once again, I'm disappointed with the production of the choruses. 'Regressus' is an album that cries out for huge choruses and leaving Liapakis to do it on his own doesn't hit the mark. Still worth investigating, but this album could have been massive with an extra lift in the choruses. Here's a prophecy for you - Fredrik Nordstrom to produce the next Mystic Prophecy album.

Track Time: 50:54

Track Listing:
01 Calling From Hell
02 Eternal Flame
03 Lords Of Pain
04 Sign Of The Cross
05 Night Of The Storm
06 The Traveller
07 In Your Sins
08 Forgotten Soul
09 When Demons Return
10 Regressus - Lost In Time
11 Mystic Prophecy
12 The Land Of The Dead
13 Fighting The World (Bonus)
14 Sanctuary (Bonus)

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