Oklahoma’s Oliver Magnum is a flagrantly unappreciated band. Although with just one album in their career, the legendary same named album, they didn’t succeed their universal acclaim, but however (this is really strange) their name is known by the majority of the metalheads (talking of course for the veterans…) and about them is a high quality band (and a hidden secret too) but most of them never listened their music (and this is even more surprising), only know their name!!! I remember myself reading about them (neither I had never listened something from them) in magazines and fanzines writing about that progressive masterpiece, the power metal diamond and other such enthusiastic words, probably do not (the most of them) respond to reallity. And I don’t mean this is not really a masterpiece. Just when I listened the album many years later, it seemed to me more like Speed/US Power metal than progressive.

Of course it’s technicaly good and the guitars are “thick”, but you cannot mark that album as progressive. It has many power metal moments, especially in its more melodic parts (and in the vocals too, sometimes “leaning” like Ralf Scheepers – Tyran’s Race, Gamma Ray and and sometimes in more speed metal molds like Liege Lord’s Andy Michaud), also classic heavy metal ones, but the music’s speed and James Randel’s vocals (top performance – their quality reminds me Flotsam & Jetsam’s Eric A.K.) makes the sound “speed metal” enough. Also it reminds me of Agent Steel to the sound approaching, if you remove the roughness in the sound (but not the aggresion), or the steroids from John Cyriis… The starting (grand opening but with a terrible chorus) “Sister Cybele”, the speed carnage “Old World Nites “, the” The Last Prophet “and my favorite (power metal like Queensryche)” Trapped ” are the highlights. A good production, great guitars, well-made compositions, with rhythm variations, good technical skills, an awesome singer with a huge vocal range and expressiveness…unfortunately do not provide you success if you have poor distribution in a small label and very bad timing…Excellent choice for those who worship Lizzy Borden, Savage Grace, Fates Warning and Queensryche.

* forgettable if not bad, the cover reminiscent of a Greek rock or (even worse) hip-hop album…