Steel Prophet – “The Goddess Principle” reissue (Pure Steel Records)
US Metal lives! Steel Prophet go all the way back to 1983 and the days of Agent Steel, Fates Warning and Jag Panzer. Despite having numerous musicians passing through their ranks the band has pretty much been centered around guitarist Steve Kachinsky Blakmoor and vocalist Rick Mythiasin. Like a speedier version of Iron Maiden, Steel Prophet’s sound was defined by the wailing siren-esque vocals of Mythiasin and Kachinsk’s classical virtuoso playing as accompanied by the rest of the band’s technical capability. “The Goddess Principle” is the band’s legendary debut, released initially in 1995 to much acclaim for its high class musicianship and progressive sound which gave an epic feel to songs like ‘Prophecy Upon Us’, ‘Souls Without Honor’ and ‘Penance of Guilt’. Sophisticated lead-passages feature alongside catchy and distinctive choruses, while speedy parts are as natural as their more quieter moments with an intelligent use of keyboard atmospherics. Released as a limited edition of 500 copies to commemorate the band’s signing to Pure Steel Records, I don’t believe the sound has been changed in any way, being true to its original but earthy production where you can hear every instrument in the clear mix and the band literally feel like they are playing in front of you – an impressive enough introduction to a legendary band indeed!