Marshall Law

Warning from History

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Marshall Law had been slogging it out on-stage and in-studio for over a decade when they unveiled 1999's Warning From History, but with little to show for it. Often likened, both favorably and not so favorably, to their hometown heroes Judas Priest (unfairly, it must be said, they were anything but doppelgängers), the group had found it hard staking their claim during a difficult decade for metal. And since their style was simply not extreme enough to connect with the genre's still thriving death/black underground, new song titles like "Remembered Forever," "Storming to Power," and "Victory at Last" were misleading to say the least (actually, it may have been another song, "Retreat," that said it best of all). At least the latter boasted a hooky chorus to die for, and along with the grandly marching title track, probably struck a chord with most fans of melodic power metal. By comparison, the repetitive, seemingly interminable "Godking" is as dull as metal gets, and the shorter "Blood on Blood" only manages to better it slightly. All around, this is one of those solid, well-produced, but remarkably lifeless heavy metal albums, ultimately fit for few other than Marshall Law's pre-established fan base.

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