Geary of War: Mosh in May Part 3: The Middle Ages

Posted: June 19, 2014 in Geary of War, Reviews
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At this point I realised what a challenge finding thirty one quality thrash records that DIDN’T include the nation’s favourites actually was. But, as usual when adversity strikes me musically, I shuffled my iTunes and came up with our following batch. Here is Ser Geary’s analysis:

Once more unto the breach!
Himsa – Summon in Thunder
Blood Tsunami – For Faen!
Gama Bomb – Citizen Brain
Himsa is a stampede of riffs. I got a hardcore/thrash feel off them in addition to boundless energy. There were a few highlights off this. ‘Big Timber’, ‘Skin Walkers’ – look out for the solos, ‘Summon In Thunder’ and the hellish stomp at the 2min mark of ‘Curseworship’.
Blood Tsunami is a proper blast of raw blackened thrash moulded very much in the vein of the old school. ” Lets be faster than punk”. It’s not directly catchy but your head will nod and it will be reached for again.
‘Citizen Brain’ was one of those albums I’d read about for years and years; we had simply been like two ships in the night. Now that Mosh in May has acted as a lighthouse I can say with certainty that it deserves it’s praise. It bursts with that energy that makes you want to get up and do things! Anything. And it ripples with a sense of fun. How could track names such as ‘Zombi Brew’ and ‘Space Invaders’ not bring joy? It’s a blustering geek dipped thrash classic.Utterly deserving of it’s status.
Sepultura – Schizophrenia
Artillery – B.A.C.K
Aura Noir – Black Thrash Attack
Sepultura. If you do not know these guys stop reading. Go to google and come back when your life has been enhanced. Suitably enhanced? Sublime news. As you now know these stalwarts of death/thrash/groove metal have lead the charge for South American metal for years. This early outing sees a death tinged flare to it all but with a thicker sound that many bands of that era. I’m sure Max only playing with four strings was part of this. Its not their best but to ignore it would be foolish. Crank it up.
Artillery were a new band to my ears and they have been most welcome! From my notes something that leaps out is THRASH N ROLL!!! Which is clearly a good thing. somewhat Entombed like. The vocal varied quite a lot from a strained King Diamond to an Anselmo like muttering. ‘WWW’ is an excellent track with a epic opening riff. One for investigating into!
Aura Noir don’t fuck around. ‘Black Thrash Attack’ is exactly that. It’s a look back at that period of invention where bands had a bit of everything. It’s fearless and essential. One for everyday? Maybe not but like that meal you have a few times a year when it happenes you love it. ‘Caged Wrath’ and ‘Black Thrash Attack’ are track highlights with bonus points for naming a track ‘The One Who Smites’.

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