Casus Belli

Rating: 88/100

Reviewed by: Jørgen Ditlev, August '05
Label: Limb Music
Style: Power Metal

In the Name of Rose

Ever heard the name Panos Dedes? Well this Greek guy was almost given the job as singer in Judas Priest, only beaten by Tim “The Ripper” Owens. Panos Dedes sounds a bit like Andy B. Franck (Brainstorm & Symphorce) and that fits the groovy power metal from Casus Belli really well.

Casus Belli released a demo cd back in 1998, and their debut CD “Mirror Out of Time” was released in 2001 on the Sound & Vision label. In the beginning of 2005 they signed a deal with German based Limb Music Products. The tracks on the new album “In the Name of Rose” are very diverse, the opener “I’m Your Master” reminds of Judas Priest, some of the other tracks “Holy Gates” & “Edge of a Knife” sounds like a mixture of Metal Church and Heir Apparent, “Naked King” could easily pass as a Brainstorm track.

As you can see Casus Belli has something for almost every head banger, especially if you are into traditional metal. “In the Name of Rose” is produced by R.D.Liapakis (Mystic Prophecy) in The Music Factory Studios, Germany. And it has a killer sound.

Recommended tracks: “Holy Gates” & "Edge of a Knife”.