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3.00 | 1 ratings | 1 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1989

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Take Command (6:19)
2. Awakened By The Dawn (5:23)
3. Immortal Souls (5:33)
4. Silent But Deadly (5:06)

Total Time 22:21

Line-up / Musicians

- Bobby Hicks / Vocals
- Rich Davis / Guitars
- Keith Menser / Bass, Keyboards
- Chris Lembach / Drums

Releases information

EP, Self-released, 1989

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Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Take Command" is a self-released 1989 EP by US power metal act Mystic Force. The lineup is the same as the lineup that recorded the three preceeding demos. The 4 tracks on the EP are also featured on the "Take Command - The Demo Years (1990)" compilation album and on the bandīs debut full-length studio album "Shipwrecked with the Wicked (1990)".

The band play traditional US power metal with slight nods toward traditional progressive metal in the vein of Queensrĸche, Fates warning and Lethal. The tracks are cleverly composed and technically well played. Especially the title track is worth a mention. While the music isnīt overtly progressive itīs obvious that the band are aiming at moving in that direction. The sound production is powerful but not perfect to my ears.

Mystic Force are an exceptionally well playing act and especially guitarist Rich Davis deserves a mention for his powerful and intriguing playing. His solos are simply superb. Varied and challenging. The high pitched vocal delivery by Bobby Hicks and the skilled and tight rythm section of drummer Chris Lembach and bassist Keith Menser (also keyboards), also deserve a mention though.

To be honest I enjoyed the more direct musical approach of the demos more than the semi- progressive nature of "Take Command", but I never deny quality and "Take Command" is a quality release deserving a 3.5 star (70%) rating.

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