From the rampaging bluster of the opening Hands Of Fate and the spine-tingling melodic melodrama of Lay Down Your Arms through to the bold refrains and razor-sharp histrionics of Eat Your Heart Out and the emotional powerhouse Wing & A Prayer, Hands Of Fate is the kind of honest, unpretentious and utterly enthralling heavy metal album that has been in short supply in recent times. Both ruthlessly contemporary and reassuringly classic, it amounts to a wholesale rebirth for this most ambitious of modern metal bands. By nailing the essence of metal’s unwavering spirit and concentrating on writing songs that demand engagement and emotional connection, Savage Messiah have hit the artistic jackpot. This is heavy metal designed with intelligence and delivered with passion.
With a tentative release date set for autumn 2017, the new Savage Messiah album simply oozes class, clarity and renewed confidence, and it can only propel these devout servants of the riff to the heights that their abilities and charisma have long demanded. While other young bands focus on whichever ephemeral musical trope is red hot this week, Savage Messiah are taking the more shrewd and honest approach of giving heavy music’s fundamental principles a robust upgrade. The results make it more than clear that the universal language of heavy fucking metal has seldom been spoken with more conviction.