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   BLOODSTAINED
Greetings From Hell
2004
Cult Metal Classics
http://www.bloodstained.tk


rating: 2/5

1. Smash Your Heads
2. Die By My Sword
3. Prisoners Of Time
4. Burn The Sky
5. Bloodstain
6. Greetings From Hell
7. Sacrifice
8. Related To Danger
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10. Son Of The Damned

"Cult Metal Classics presents the power metal masterpiece" - says the promo letter. I know labels are always exaggerating so I tried to ignore this sentence. What else, I know there are bands who made outstanding albums already with their first efforts (like Winds). But in power metal, in a genre where everything has been played already, making a masterpiece by a newcomer band as a debut album would be more than surprising. And listening to "Greetings From Hell", this sentence is more than pathetic.

Sure, they are playing power metal, the old-school American kind. Typical power metal melodies, guitar solos and vocals fill the album. The song structures, the tempo and theme changes, the solos are all in the predictable places. The catchy melodies are gallopping forward or pushing up to epical heights - as it should be on a power metal album. Bands names like Manowar, Jag Panzer, Helloween and the likes are popping up in my mind during the album's 45 minutes. The overall impression is: we have all heard it a thousand times before. The only thing that makes them remarkable are the vocals of Theodoros Gourlomatis; but having a good singer in a power metal band is essential and not an extra. Calling it a masterpiece would be only proper if this album had been made 20 years ago. Even the sound is fitting to this old-school way, cds made in the eighties have this kind of thin sound.

I would only recommend it to people who have been listening to power metal since the beginning, they might like it. For those who only started to listen to power metal bands in the last 10 years, growing up on bands like Iced Earth, Grave Digger, Brainstorm and so on, should avoid this album because they will find it boring. Just like me.

submitted by Katalin 13.09.2004

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