Ordained Fate - Glimmer Of Hope

Monday 1st June 1998
Ordained Fate - Glimmer Of Hope

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Sarepta

Reviewed by Andy Long

Bluesy metal with a thrashy edge from this female-fronted American outfit. Previous releases have only been available via import so it's good to see that there is some distribution in the UK now. Although there are a few tired metal cliches here, like the quiet yet tense intro to "Parade Of Pain" and the Metallica-esque chugging of "So Many Hours". "Glimmer Of Hope' is nevertheless a great album. Lyrically, the band deal with some unusual topics. "That's Entertainment" is about toy weapons for children and the negative effect they can have later in life. "Santa's Lil Helpers" is about the commerciality of Christmas. But perhaps the album is most notable for its unorthodox cover version of Don Francisco's "He's Alive", you never heard it played like this before! Burning lead work from Annette Cvengros, solid rhythms from Terry Cvengros and powerful vocals from Pam Scott make this an album that will appeal to headbangers everywhere.

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