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Meshiaak – Alliance Of Thieves album review

Melbourne marauders Meshiaak arrive with a modern power/thrash attack. Read our album review here.

Meshiaak, 'Alliance Of Thieves' album cover

Alliance Of Thieves is a throwback, albeit in an acceptably modern way. Melbourne’s Meshiaak belong to the tradition of Testament, Metal Church and Armored Saint and while they certainly have a thrash grounding they add in a power metal sensibility, in the way they can vary the pacing while the tuneful content is right in your face.

Nomadic drummer John Dette adds a weight of experience, but it’s the vocals of Danny Camilleri, pitched somewhere between Joey Belladonna and John Bush, and his guitars, which combine with Dean Wells like Testament’s Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson, that really shine through. The songs are all sophisticated without getting bogged down in over-complicated structures. You can hear the approach at its best on Drowning, Fading, Falling and the title track. Both have an undercurrent of darkness, but switch commandingly between low-key, moody passages and a more upfront, brusque attack. Throughout, Meshiaak have considerable conviction. The band never let their standards drop, revelling in old-school values, but committed to the current era.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.