There’s something about the months of July and August, where a whole bunch of bands decide to release their albums all at once. Maybe fans need something new to get them through to the end of the year. Whatever the reason, we’re glad of it because Melbourne’s Meshiaak are about to drop their record, Alliance Of Thieves and we got to check it out ahead of the release!
Boasting impressive credentials, Meshiaak’s thrash metal heaviness stems from the creative brains of: Danny Camilleri (vocals/guitar), Teramaze’s Dean Wells (guitar/vocals), Nick Walker (bass) and Iced Earth/Slayer/Testament/Anthrax’s Jon Dette (drums).
The album artwork is sharp and metallic, just like the music. It’s clean, in the way well composed and produced music is; you can hear every element from the rhythmic drums to the monster riffs. Meshiaak have crafted a memorable collection of songs, each with their own drawing point: ‘Chronicles Of The Dead’ is wonderfully progressive with powerful growls, ‘Drowning, Fading, Falling’ is a crushing song with vocals that shift and change as the guitar riffs do and ‘At The Edge Of The World’ features relatable lyrics and a mighty catchy chorus.
But ‘Alliance Of Thieves’ is the song where you realise how much time and effort went into the vocal production. Danny growls, shouts, sings and manages to convey different tones and attitudes and, backed by Dean’s vocals as well as an epic guitar solo, it’s a sonically influential song.
Rounding it all up with ‘Death Of An Anthem’, Meshiaak create guitar hooks that’ll live forever and deep vocals that send shivers down your spine. In short, Alliance Of Thieves is a record full of skill and musical mastery, and one can only marvel at how they’ll recreate it live. Meshiaak make listening a definite experience.
Alliance Of Thieves will be out on the 19th of August 2016 and you can pre-order your copy here.
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