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Old February 21st, 2011, 09:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Sacred Oath - Sacred Oath

Sacred Oath – Sacred Oath
Angel Thorne Music - 2009
By Adam McAuley

There is a decidedly pure heavy metal feeling to Sacred Oath’s self-titled effort. There is an influence from classic bands ranging from Manilla Road to early Iron Maiden or Judas Priest in the band’s sound. An emphasis is placed upon the melodies and riff work to craft memorable songs.

Right from the gates, the first track “Paradise Lost” shows the tuneful nature and crunchy riffs the band put at the forefront of the music. This song and many others have crisp riffs highlighted by a delightfully catchy chorus. Furthermore, the track “Counting Zeros” displays Sacred Oath’s ability to create longer, more involved material. There is obviously an attempt to rekindle the purity that greats from metal’s past have obtained without resorting to overly technical displays, but rather reasonably solid song-writing skills. The vocals are high-pitched and over the top, but suit the music appropriately. Sacred Oath offers up a solid dose of heavy metal for fans of the classics, but will have a difficult time appealing to other people beyond that.

The unabashedly old school style the band has is performed well, but doesn’t do a great deal to modernize the sound for a more current audience. Add in an overly simplistic style that lacks some depth and there are definitely some problems to be found with this band along with the high points. There is an undeniably charming aura to the songs on this disc, regardless. The hooks in the songs catch the listener’s attention, even if only for a brief period of time. Sacred Oath does a reasonably good job emulating older greats from the past, but doesn’t quite have enough memorable moments to be truly great. Fans of older metal will find something to appreciate here, however.

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Old March 18th, 2012, 07:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think it should be mentioned that Sacred Oath is one the USA first and finest power metal bands to come out of the 80s. And the fact they arent emulating the greats but playing the music they have always played.
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