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Speed Metal Messiah [Explicit]
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Speed Metal Messiah [Explicit]

29 Nov. 2007 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 21 Sept. 2004
  • Label: Lion Music
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 Lion Music
  • Total Length: 1:09:14
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,344 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This disc is the musical equivalent of a 44 ton sixteen wheeler hurtling downhill with no brakes. Mr. Stump just does not let up for an instant in the pace or ferocity of his playing. If you know of Yngwie Malmsteen, he does not play as cleanly. If you know of Vinnie Moore, he does not equal his breadth of style. But one thing is for sure, nobody, and I mean *nobody* plays with as much fire as this guy.
There's a feeling of "heard one track, heard them all" initially, but give it time. Turn up the volume and surrender.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great piece of work and I'm not his biggest fan 10 Jun. 2006
By J. Lenglet - Published on
Format: Audio CD
In the past while impressed with Joe Stumps perfect technique, I have not been very impressed with his music. He simply takes to much from Yngwie Malmsteen. However his tone and production were never close to Malmsteen or even that listenable in my opinion.

With Speed Metal Messiah, Joe has turned down the distortion a little and cleaned up the production. This is a great improvement. While he still borrows 95% of his licks from Yngwie Malmsteen, Stump actually seems to be making it his own on this album and the melodies are very good. The playing on this record is ferocious. Its jaw dropping. I think even Yngwie would be impressed. Joe Stump plays passages that simply are as fast as they can be played man or machine. Not many people can play like this which is why I listen to Joe in the first place. Its amazing stuff and his meter is exceptional. This time around he sounds musical as well. In the past he's sounded like an exercise but I actually got into the movements on this album. They are fast, unrelenting and musical all at once. The guitar tone is better as is the overall production. All this sums into a great album. Its a huge piece of work and its worth buying hands down.

I rarely give anything 5 stars. However all the work it takes to achieve something like this album ... its worth 5 stars. I now look forward to Joe Stumps next release. If it never comes thats OK too because I'll probably still be digesting Speed Metal Messiah in the next 5 years.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Virtuosity with a soul 7 Nov. 2007
By James F. England - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Joe Stump has delivered, again, but has definitely upped the ante in a number of ways. Most notably, the production quality of this album is much cleaner and better than his previous work. You can very clearly hear that he has matured enough to allow the other instruments to form a more pronounced framework for his intense virtuosity.

But, Fear Not, Shredheads, this lineup of white-knuckle mayhem will raise the hair on the neck of even the most jaded guitar freaks out there. Only a person without a pulse will fail to find themselves scooping their jaw off the floor as they are assaulted by the Messiah.

Mr. Stump has penned and performed a variety of tomes only an elite, miniscule fraction of guitarists can even dream of playing, and he does it with an incredible precision and flair. A sure sign of the maturation of his songwriting is the necessity to listen to the parts of each track several times before you can begin to absorb the whole. I won't diverge into each individual song; suffice to say if you are a fan of Shred, this is at the top of a very small pile of steaming, ultra-yummy goo.

Mr. Stump is often criticized for over-emulating Yngvie, but I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the variety of ear-chiseling on this outing. And, as Vader said to Obi-Wan: "The circle is now complete. When I left you I was but the learner. Now I am the master."!!!!!!!!!!!
Awesome performance with great production 28 Nov. 2004
By John DeWald - Published on
Format: Audio CD
First off, if you don't like Joe's brand of shred, this won't change your mind. If, however, you've enjoyed Prof. Stump (and yes, he is a college professor) in the past, you'll dig this. Besides the amazing chops, you get probably the best production yet on any of Joe's all-instrumental discs. The bass and drums are well heard and Joe's guitar while standing out sits nicely in the mix. Performance-wise, the title track is flat-out shred. "Eastern Beast" has an intro that reminds of something that Ritchie Blackmore might do in concert before settling into a nice, slower groove with some octave box on the main melody. "Dragon's Den" is an unaccompanied solo spot featuring a lot of delay work and seems to tip the hat towards Blackmore and Malmsteen. Both movements of the "Psycho Shred Suite" are just as advertised - pure daredevil guitar fun.

Overall, if you like Joe, you'll love this. If shred ain't your bag, you won't like this. If you think you are curious to hear someone with good compositional sense and amazing chops, this is worth checking out.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Practice makes perfect 15 Jan. 2007
By David Tomasello - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Joe stumps career starts here with SPEED METAL MESSIAH. If you love shred music like I do. This CD is the one you want to start with. Don't bother going back to buy his other stuff. It just doesn't compare to this great CD. I've met and saw joe in concert. He's a great guy and a total show men on stage. The sound on this disc is finlly right compared to the others. He actually lets the bass and drums blend in with his playing for the first time. It's made a big differce in the listen. I hope he's learned from this and makes another killer CD. I'll be waiting. thanks joe
Like a Malmsteen Instrumental CD 19 Aug. 2013
By Vincent P. Baldasaro - Published on
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Big fan of Malmsteen, less the bad production of many of his CD's and the annoyance of 80's vocals and pop. Yngwie is best when doing instrumentals: Enter Joe Stump. Usually better production and ripping neo-classical riffs on this great neo-classical record. Not ready to de-throne YJM, just looking at one of his disciples doing the neo-classical thing justice. Yngwie must be proud!
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