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Letter X – Born Into Darkness [1992]

LETTERX_BIDCountry Germany          

Style Progressive Metal/Hard Rock

Rating 78/100

Band Members Frank Hildenbrand – Bass, Jürgen Stahl – Keyboards, Marco Ieva – Drums, Michael Bormann – Vocals, Michael Faißt – Guitar, Rüdiger Fleck – Guitar

Additional Musicians Jorin Jordan – Cello, Steve Mann – Guitar, Tommy Heart,Helge Engelke,Steve Mann,Andrew McDermott – Backing Vocals

Tracks 01. Train Of Fools (5:02), 02. Walls Of Confusion (3:51), 03. Visions (5:05), 04. Born Into Darkness (4:21), 05. Illusions (3:54), 06. We Live In Fear (4:43), 07. Nowhere (4:10), 08. Neverending Love (3:46), 09. The Sign (3:28), 10. We’re Alive (4:42)

Profile Letter X is a traditional/progressive metal outfit out of Germany (Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg). Formed in 1988, they achieved some success in the 1990’s with three full-length releases. The first being put out on Steamhammer Records in 1991, titled “Time of the Gathering”. “Born Into Darkness” is the second band’s album released in 1992 on Steamhammer Records offer us an excellently and tightly played melodic metal album with a bundle of high quality songs.

Highlights here are the opener “Train Of Fools” a solid number with heavy patches, great 80s riffs and gang vocal quality, the album’s title “Born Into Darkness” starting off with some very full sounding twin acoustic guitars, coupled with an epic guitar lead that is reverb heavy, and gives the song some epic qualities and “Illusions” with great use of the keyboard and has some vocals coming through that are attitude laden and are like some kind of mix between Skid Row and Bruce Dickinson.

Quite enjoyable, with a definite epic feel, this album deserves a bit more attention from fans of Germanic metal, or classic progressive metal. Their last full-length was released in 1996 by Zero Corporation, and titled ‘Reflections.’ The band has since re-formed with line-up changes, but no new releases have been put out as of yet.



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