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Order of Nine: A Means to Know End

If you are in the mood for some classic, 80's styled power metal, chock full of big, fat, crunchy power chord riffage, pounding rhythms, and histrionic vocals, look no further than A Means To Know End, the latest CD from Order of Nine, out now on Nightmare Records. A Means to Know End is a mammoth sounding, ballsy CD, the twin guitar attack of Scott Haggerty & Steve Pollick laying down plenty of earth shattering crunch, tasty melodic harmonies, and super shred solos. Songs like "Gods at War", "Show No Remorse", "In the Know", and the stellar title track simply blister with guitar firepower, which comes at you from all angles. Singer Michael DeGrena has a strong voice, most effective in his husky mid-range as well as the occasional upper register metal wail, but there are a few passages where he tries a sort of operatic style which doesn't work as well for him. The rhythm team of drummer JR Jameson & bassist Tom Donaldson do a fine job here, and thankfully stay away from the double-bass drum/speed thing that so many power metal bands seem to get stuck in, instead, these two power along these Iced Earth/Nevermore styled songs with plenty of heavy backbeats and rumbling rhythms, meshing with the bombastic guitar riffs to help take these songs to huge metal heights.

A Means to Know End is just solid metal no matter what way you look at it, so if you have a hankering for old school power metal, the way it should be played, check this one from Order of Nine out.

Track Listing
1. Single Shot
2. A Means to Know End
3. Devotee
4. In the Know
5. An Offered Hand
6. Ghost of Memories
7. Gods at War
8. Ninth Knight
9. Show No Remorse
10. Last Dance

Added: August 8th 2008
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Nightmare Records
Hits: 3960
Language: english

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Order of Nine: A Means to Know End
Posted by Michael Popke, SoT Staff Writer on 2008-08-08 13:53:56
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Among the finest if most underrated bands on Nightmare Records' roster, Order of Nine reaches a new level of professionalism on its fouth album. Indeed, A Means to Know End packs more wallop and diversity than its previous efforts. Within the confines of the disc's well-paced 43 minutes, the Pennsylvania-based progressive/power-metal band emulates Iron Maiden on the rousing title track, recalls Iced Earth on the shadowy ballad "Devotee," goes thrashy on "Show No Remorse" and scorches your speakers on "In the Know" and "An Offered Hand." The album's best song, the riff-tastic "Ninth Knight," showcases Michael DeGrena's macho but emphatic vocals and leaves the impression that Order of Nine has yet to peak. This is a band that respects traditional metal while boldly stepping out of its own dark corners.

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