SACRED OATH - Fallen
May 28, 2013, 7 years ago
Don’t know if it’s a case of too late to the Ball, the band’s location, or a lazy record label, but Connecticut-based band SACRED OATH should have been bigger. The quartet formed when USPM bands such as FATES WARNING, OMEN, JAG PANZER and AGENT STEEL were hitting its stride. However, bankruptcy of their record label and band bickering led to its demise just six months after its 1987 debut release, A Crystal Vision. Twenty years later, they recorded their follow-up album of new material with Darkness Visible. On Fallen, its sixth studio release, vocalist/guitarist Rob Thorne, bassist Pete Altieri, guitarist Glen Cruciani, and drummer Kenny Evans celebrate the return to the band’s original lineup and its classic sound. Some of the best elements on the ten new tracks is when Thorne and Cruciani alternate between their Bay Area thrash riffs and NWOBHM-styled dual leads. They walk the line of classic ’80s traditional, thrash and power metal while also possessing a strong MERCYFUL FATE/KING DIAMOND influence, listen to songs ‘Get Your Wings’ and ‘The Way of All Flesh’ for proof. Even Thorne’s calculated and melodic falsettos, which aren’t an exact copy of the King, but are reminiscent of the Danish wailer. Sacred Oath is a high-quality yet undiscovered gem of a band that needs further investigation by fans that dig the classic metal sound.