Vanderhoof has finally managed to regain some the intensity and energy
from the early days of Metal Church, and proves on this album that he hasn't totally forgotten how to write
great thrash metal.
album captures the energy that made such albums as "Blessing by
Disgrace" and "Human Factor" such great albums, never
reaching the heights of their first two albums. Actually the song
writing does have a lot in common with especially "Blessing in
there are a few flaws, and Ronnie Munroe isn't the strongest vocalist
they've had - some songs are a bit too simple and a tad boring, but the
general feeling is great. Highlights are the very strong title track,
"Mirror of Lies" - one the best Metal Church songs since the "Hanging
in the Balance" album and the re-recording of "Watch the Children
Pray" as a tribute to the late Dave Wayne, who sadly passed away in
album by a cool band, that still have to live with the legacy from their
earlier albums, but this album is strong enough to stand on it's own -
do check it out!