An awesome 6 track Greek metal release that turned into a pleasant surprise of a 17 track release. Casus Belli’s “Holy Gates” demo also contains their 11 track CD “Mirror Out Of Time”. Lead by former Spitfire vocalist Panos Deddes, Casus Belli has the sound of a heavier Fifth Angel. Lead track “Holy Gates” calls to mind Fifth Angel’s “Cathedral”.
“Diamond Crown” has an aggressive guitar lead provided by Panos Arvanitis. The mid-tempoed “The Edge Of A Knife” has some wonderful vocal harmonies and features Deddes above the subtle instrumentation. “I’m Your Master” has a Judas Priest meets George Lynch feel and is the heaviest track on the disc. “Naked King” is the closing track to the “Holy Gates” demo and finds Deddes sound quite similar to Graham Bonnet.