Review: Psython – …Outputs

Posted: February 1, 2016 in Reviews
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I reviewed Psython’s demo recently on here, and found their Bay Area thrash worship to be much approved in the Killchain camp. Their debut full length is here, and ‘…Outputs’ has those three demo tracks plus another eight originals.

After a short intro (‘INTROfruit’), ‘Careless Whispers’ is a nice piece of thrash chuggery, with a few deft time changes and some fancy fretwork. That verse riff hits the Killchain hard, and we are all about that here. Good thrash is built on high quality riffing, and ‘Careless Whispers’ has that, along with some seriously infectious hooks. The brutality of its closing section makes a high watermark for the band to follow. But follow it they can, with the hyperactive thrash of ‘Dave 1.1’ and the spiralling intro leads of ‘Blunt’. ‘Blunt’ still stands tall as one of the best Psython songs, catchy yet with some nice fretwork.

That’s not to say the new material isn’t strong. The vintage feel of songs like ‘GBQ’ and the measured Metallica-isms of ‘DNA’ give a little insight into where Psython are coming from. There’s a whole spectrum of thrash that Psython pay tribute to, but as a hybrid of all these bands, Psython stand out. This isn’t just cookie cutter stuff, it’s actually really good. Their demo gave us a taste, and ‘…Outputs’ fulfils that promise. ‘Serpentes’ is a swaggering instrumental, while the soaring leads of ‘Opposition’ is almost worth admission alone.

Psython are soon to be a highlight of British thrash. You heard it here first. ‘…Outputs’ is a great modern thrash record, paying homage to the greats but injecting a fresh energy into the riffs. Oh Thor, how many riffs?! ‘Meltdown’ alone will tax that riff calculator to the max. THRASH OR FUCKING DIE!

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