Power of Metal.dk Review

Mystic Prophecy
Kill Hammer
Style: Power Metal
Release date: 27 September, 2013
Playing time: 49:00

I was very curious about this eighth album because the predecessor 'Ravenlord' sounded a bit more commercial than the albums before that, like 'Satanic Curses' and 'Fireangel'. With this 'Kill Hammer' they return to that era and even with an advance because the song writing has increased also.

Just looking at the song titles, I already expected a rather heavy album again. I almost thought that it was the track list of a new Manowar album because of the Kills, the Hells, Warriors, Blood and Fire titles. Fortunately the music isn't Manowar, but just plain power metal in the way we know it from Mystic Prophecy. In the no so heavy parts, you can hear that Liapakis is a very good power metal vocalist, but personally I like heavier tracks like "Kill the Beast" and "300 in Blood" more. Also the heavy riffing in "Angels of Fire" gets my stamp of approval.

No, "Children of the Damned" isn't an Iron Maiden cover, but yes, "Crazy Train" is an Ozzy cover but opposite to most of the covers by bands, this is a very fine and good interpretation. With this new album Mystic Prophecy is back with a good and strong album, which underlines what most of you already know; they are one of the better German power metal combo's.

01. Killhammer
02. Armies of Hell
03. To Hell and Back
04. Kill the Beast
05. Hate Black
06. Children of the Damned
07. 300 In Blood
08. Angels of Fire
09. Warriors of the Northern Sea
10. Set the World on Fire
11. Crazy Train
Label: Massacre Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 25 September, 2013
Website: www.mysticprophecy.net