||This German 6-piece was founded about 10
years back and believe it or not, "Oath of a Warrior" is
only Black Messiah's
sophomore release. That has a lot to do with changing labels and whatnot.
Anyways, “Oath of a Warrior” presents a much more clear
presentation of the bands' heathen philosophies. Bringing forth melody,
aggression and symphonic black metal technicality, Black Messiah seem
to have collected quite a diverse sound. It's not that what they are
doing hasn't been done before, it's the fact that what they are doing
is so powerful in approach. The Viking ideology/concept is thorough
and intelligent as is their music. In fact, the only thing about this
album that annoys me is their drum kick sound. It sounds way too trebly,
making it almost to the point of muffled. It isn't really an annoyance,
though, if you just listen to this as a whole. I am most impressed
with Black Messiah! Oath of a Warrior is certainly a note-worthy listen.
Extreme, melodic, technical, atmospheric.....
Reviewed By: Thomas