Messiah of Confusion wraps up the list of four albums from the early days of Count Raven that have been released for the first time ever on vinyl through Metal Blade. The albums have also been remastered so that fans can listen to them with the purest quality.

Messiah of Confusion was possibly the weakest album that Count Raven released, but in many ways, the band succeeded in creating an album that stayed true to their principles. The riffs were no longer fresh, but only a fusspot would discard them as totally bad. Count Raven’s experimental nature peaks in high places on Messiah of Confusion, but where they trip and fall on certain chords that just don’t stick, it weakens otherwise strong songs with fragmentary moments.

With the remaster, the songs actually sound cleaner, and that makes for some pretty enjoyable rhythms, but sometimes I don’t think there is anything you can do to make an album sound great. Messiah of Confusion has a lot of flaws, like the monochromatic drumming and Fondelius’ painful attempts to carry notes that are just way beyond his grasp. Listening to this album, I felt like I was expecting to love it, but I walked away feeling like it was just okay coming from a doom metal classic.

The grooves are certainly good enough to carry you away, but you ought not hope for anything too captivating.  The lyrical content is pretty cool to listen to sometimes too, and keeps consistent with the same reflective ideas and visionary attempts at foretelling that Count Raven did quite strongly on prior albums. Fondelius did not lack in ability to blast off with a heavy riff and take you down some spiraling wavelength of satisfying solos, which enriched the album immensely.

I’m not exactly sure what happened on this album, but it is clear this is where the pieces began to fall apart. Creatively they just weren’t as potent as they were previously, but there was just enough energy left over to leave a footprint.

Purchase the album here.


Nicholas Pendergast is a writer and artist with eight years of experience as a contributor. He has written for New Noise, Metal Injection, and Indy Metal Vault just to name a few places that have defied his low expectations by inviting his opinions. His goal in life is to die peacefully before backpains become a natural everyday occurrence, and he finally quit Warcraft because of China.

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