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A seriously solid blast from some of the genre's biggest names.

Do you remember a day before grunts and growls, before Black and Death, when adding core or Alt before or after a genre description hadn't been thought of? If you do, then you'll remember a time when the Satanic Metal from Mercyful Fate was as evil, depraved and extreme as we'd ever heard. When riffs burned everything in their path and the mighty (and controversial) King Diamond Falsetto scared even the manliest of denim and leather clad Metal men, this lot of Danes (that was a novelty too!) were the real deal, 'Melissa' and 'Don't Break The Oath' both being genre defining albums.

However, that classic period didn't last; Diamond went solo and took guitarist Michael Denner with him, while Hank Shermann headed his six-string in a completely different direction; his Fate, a much loved Melodic Hard Rock outfit. Denner parted from Diamond in 1988, and over the years he and Shermann have reconvened on a variety of projects. This time, however, things feel different, the pair going out under their own names and recruiting a band of serious pedigree; singer Sean Peck of Cage, drummer Snowy Shaw (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond) and bassist Marc Grabowski (Demonica). Add in a sound that unashamedly harks back to the MF days, and even album art that does likewise, and it's clear where Denner-Shermann are once again headed.

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A debut EP 'Satan's Tomb' impressed, meaning that 'Masters Of Evil' has become highly anticipated. Does it disappoint? Well, what we have is a traditional Metal album that combines the right amount of drama to powerful outbursts. Peck, give or take the odd Falsetto moment, cleverly sidesteps Diamond comparisons by going down a more Rob Halford meets Ozzy Osbourne route, an area he dominates with ease. Lyrically, things are maybe a little too stereotypical to take hold, references to pentagrams, crosses, Satan, Hell and the blood of angels no longer able to shock. Still, in the shape of 'Servants Of Dagan' and 'The Baroness', there's no denying that when this outfit slip into top gear they are to be reckoned with.

Not quite living up to the promise their debut EP suggested, 'Masters Of Evil' is still a seriously solid blast from some of the genre's biggest names. Hopefully they'll build on this good start and deliver something truly special with album number two.

Steven Reid

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