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Metal Slaves

by Mystery Blue

Melodic, powerful Heavy Metal from France with great female vocals
Genre: Metal/Punk: Heavy Metal
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1. HumanE.T. (Nature's Despair)
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2. Slave To Blood
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3. S.T.A.G.E.
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4. Dark Visions
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5. Metal Dream
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6. Angel
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7. Roller Coaster Ride
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8. Desolation
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9. Land Of No Return
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10. Silent Whisper (Bloody Bastard)
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11. Cry Out
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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You may or may not have heard of Mystery Blue before, but this 4 peice band from France has been around since 1982 touring France, Belgium, and Germany opening for bands like Saxon, Motorhead and Def Leppard then calling it quits not long after that. By 1996 the band Mystery Blue is born again. They add Nathalie Geyer as lead vocalist to give the band a change in direction in the vocal department. Her voice is fantastic. Probably the best choice they made next to reforming the group was adding Nathalie to the band's already powerfull Heavy Metal sound. ("Hard Beyond Driven")
After getting bombarded with a ton of progressive metal releases as of late, it was truly a pleasure to receive the latest release from Mystery Blue (who we featured about a year ago in our Fresh Blood section). While the 3 track demo release we received last year whet our appetite (they all appear here as well), the full length 11 song disc proves that Mystery Blue are more than competent in delivering an overall strong CD. The French, female fronted metal band has been around in one form or another for 20 years now. Although, I have yet to hear the material with their previous vocalist(s), Nathalie certainly is a diamond in the rough with her Rob Halford meets Betsy Bitch / Doro Pesch vocal delivery.
"Slave To Blood" sounds like Judas Priest ("Painkiller" era) meets Bitch with a relentless, aggressive pace. During "S.T.A.G.E." and "Roller Coaster Ride" Nathalie goes into vocal wails that would make Halford or Bruce Dickinson proud. The mid-paced "Dark Visions" shows that Mystery Blue can slow down a little bit without losing their heaviness at all. Overall, there is no one track that would be considered a ballad so to speak. The song "Metal Dream" recalls "Ride You Through The Night" by D'Priest, especially the drums of Vince Koehler who provides a heavy, pounding back-end throughout the entire CD. "Metal Dream" rocks really hard and features the old-school guitar style of Frenzy. Frenzy's guitar work is a real treat for fans that want to hear serious shredding without the pompousness of running scales only. The guitar tone is crisp and razor sharp throughout. "Angel" calls to mind obscure bands such as Malisha or Vixen (Hawaii) with vocalist Kim LaChance. As a change of pace, Nathalie's vocals seem to get grittier during "Land Of No Return". Closing track "Cry Out" ends the discs on an intense high note and some more piercing metal screams.
Considering how many 2nd and 3rd tiers bands have major metal label deals, it is a shame that Mystery Blue has yet to be picked up by a label such as AFM or SPV. Hopefully, reviews like this one will open some people's minds to look beyond the safe (and quickly becoming stale) metal borders of Germany and Sweden for some quality talent. Most of the tracks on "Metal Slaves" stick in your mind after only one or two listens while still retaining a heavy edge that keeps calling you back for more. ("1heavymetal.com")


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LASUBOH

VERY GOOD
Very good female vocal!!!!!!

Metal Maidens magazine / Toine van Poorten

I can only give this the full score, because people always get what they deserve
This French band made a great impression on me, with their previous album. The menacing intro “Human E.T. (Natures Despair)” predicts a powerful start, that we get with a song called “Slave To Blood”. MYSTERY BLUE consists of Frenzy Philippon on guitars and backing vocals, Dany Ohlmann on bass and backing vocals, Vince Koehler on drums and backing vocals and the mighty siren of Nathalie Geyer, who also plays the keyboards and didgeridoo. And it’s the power of the voice of this lovely lady, that adds an extra dimension to the JUDAS PRIEST like structures of the songs. Her voice gained a lot of power after their previous album, and I dare to put her name next to people like Darby Mills (HEADPINS), LEE AARON and DORO (WARLOCK era), Ann Boleyn (HELLION) and Betsy Weiss (BITCH). In forty-five minutes, we hear eleven traditional heavy metal tracks, that make you long back to the eighties. In “Metal Dream”, we hear Nathalie rattling around with her heavy chains. The choirs will remind you of ACCEPT in a way. “Rollercoaster Ride” is the fastest track, and I can imagine that it was a wild ride indeed, next to “Silent Whisper (Bloody Bastard)”. “Desolation” is the ballad. It’s slow yet powerful, and it has a great guitar solo, too. The band has matured a lot, and this CD proves it. It would be great to see the band on stage once, because they seem to have a great, powerful show. Well, who knows what wil happen in the near future? For now, their album will spin around in my stereo for some time, that’s for sure. On http://www.mysteryblue.com you can find all the information you need about this great French heavy metal band. I can only give this the full score, because people always get what they deserve!!

Iowa68

Good CD
Not much to say about this cd, the first song was strange, but then the cd got better as each song went on. I read somewhere that they were trying to compare this group to Judas Preist with a female lead singer and I would have to disagree with this. She is good, but there is no comparison. I would recomend this disk to anyone, The music rocks.

Aaron

Well done.
Dark Visions, and Metal dream are my favorite songs on the cd. Terrific vocals--Nathalie Geyer is a strong vocal pick for the group, and I would have never guessed that Nathalie had not formed the group herself. Metal dreams starts out slow on song number four, but progresses to rock after about a minute or so. On metal dreams I really like the opening sounds, and Nathalies high pitch vocals/scream...sounds awesome. I just read on their web-site that they have been signed by a major metal label--good...hopefully they will stick with this kind of sound, and not go pop.