Posts Tagged ‘Speed Metal’

New England death thrashers Rancorous have only recently dropped their ‘Into the Nuclear Fire’ debut on their Bandcamp page, but it is already becoming one of my more spun records this year. If you can’t spare a mere six minutes for these tracks, then frankly you’re doing too many things that aren’t important!

Holy shit does that title track rip? Rapid fire, raw as fuck blackened speed metal thrash chaos, ‘Into the Nuclear Fire’ is instant, blinding death in song form. Wild soloing punctures the rapid riffing, and ‘Death Incarnate’ continues this hellacious pace with dare I say a little dose of melody too. The rapacious speed of ‘Perverse Subvertor’ is a fitting close to a demo that is over far too quickly.

Frankly, this is a killer debut and only makes me salivate for more. Repeated spins will never lessen the enjoyment, and if anything you can notice even more. Actually, that’s not true as there is nothing subtle about Rancorous at all, and that’s probably what makes ‘Into the Nuclear Fire’ so fucking great!


Good, old fashioned punkish speed metal/rock and roll is the name of the game from Denver natives Poison Rites, whose self titled record is high energy and seriously catchy. If you like shit like Hellacopters or the Dead Boys, you’re gonna dig this a lot. A self released effort, but you can pick up LPs etc from Splattered Records too.

Opener ‘Everything I Love’ is kick ass rock and roll with a grimy coating. It’s Motorhead without the snarl, Dead Kennedys without the snotty attitude but all of the infectious melodies. Poison Rites seem to have tapped into an old school punk rock vibe that isn’t about politics, anarchy or controversy, but about getting in that van, travelling gig to gig and rocking out to sweaty crowds. ‘Soft Opening’ has a bit more spit and fire about it, and is a grinding, garage punk classic. The more I listen to this record, the more I like the one dimensional, bloody mindedness of the whole thing. Having the same vocalist as the sadly dead Speedwolf only increases the greatness for me.

Laden with killer hooks and no nonsense punk riffing, Poison Rites feel like they’re that lost band that didn’t make it when the Stooges and MC5 made it big, yet are as capable of writing great songs. Nostalgia punk and roll is what everyone needs sometimes, and the awesome ‘Darkest Darkness’ is the perfect example of how Poison Rites do it so right


Chicago heavy metallers Lethal Shöck dropped their debut record back in July on the excellent Witches Brew label, and they are a band for whom the early 80s didn’t evolve into the heavy metal world we know today. They are firmly lodged back with the likes of classic Venom and Exciter, and ‘Evil Aggressor’ is a half hour blast of heady speed metal glory.

First, we need to address that album cover. A demon guitarist shooting electric bolts at a poor victim from his axe, while a church burns in the background? Holy shit, that’s metal as fuck. Opener ‘Sulfur Heart’ reinforces that feeling, with a big build up intro straight into classic speed metal riffing. A cocktail of Motorhead and Venom guitar gallop, with a spike and leather clad gravelly vocal performance which induces the burning desire to bang heads and destroy pits. The rabid ‘Atomik Obedience’ and short sharp shock of ‘I Am Your Hero’ are reminscient of the neon punk thrash that Municipal Waste sought to emulate a few years back, but Lethal Shöck are grimier and rawer.

For the traditionalist, there is the galloping verse riffs and glorious solos of ‘Endless Midnight’; fans of the rawer approach will take heart in the raspy vocals and the sick guitar tone. ‘Evil Aggressor’ is a shot in the arm to those who think that since Lemmy died that heavy metal is dying. This carries on the great man’s legacy, and while never matching his penchant for rock and roll, Lethal Shöck’s love of classic speed and heavy metal shines through. Songs like the rousing ‘Iron Fisted Assault’ and the thrashing ‘Up the Voltage’ are bursting with energy and vigour. Never mind stoking the fires of metal, ‘Evil Aggressor’ pours petrol on it and laughs as the world burns!


The debut full length from Greek Power/speed/thrash/heavy metal types Saboter, the ominously titled ‘Mankind is Damned’, is painted in lurid colours on its Repka-esque cover art. From that, you would certainly assert that the human race is indeed under threat, but mainly in this case from the razor sharp hooks of this record!

Opener ‘Purifier’ could be a lost cut from ‘Painkiller’, and the rather obvious Judas Priest influence continues throughout, but the guitar melodies are excellent and each song is catchy as hell. Saboter is clearly set on vintage heavy metal as its biggest influence, but there’s definitely some American style power metal theatrics in there too. The grandiose ‘Marching Death’ has it all, acoustics build into a progressive, almost Maiden-like piece with style, as is the galloping ‘Impaler’. There’s rife NWOBHM notes, from Jaguar to Angel Witch, but there’s something intangibly brilliant about ‘Ghost in the Machine’, and I’m feeling some Iced Earth from it too.

That’s the joy of Saboter. They bring pleasures of classic heavy metal into the modern world, while adding little bits of more contemporary power metal and thrash elements. ‘Sacred Catalyst’ could’ve dropped off the edge of Iced Earth’s first few records, but Saboter’s personal stamp is all over this record. The music is excellent, the songs are catchy as hell, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every heavy metal second of it!

Whipstriker - Only Filth Will Prevail

Brazilian speed metaller Whipstriker are one of those bands that fill their discography with shitloads of splits and EPs, building their style and their catalogue with hard work and time. Their latest full length, ‘Only Filth Will Prevail’, is their third, and being of Brazilian stock gives me the feeling that this is going to tear me a new one…

‘Waiting for the Doomsday’ is instantly infectious, with a simplistic but awesome riffing pattern that elicits instant headbanging. The following half hour is for those of us that have a soft spot for Venom, Mercyful Fate with the theatrics turned right down, or early NWOBHM bands where speed and solos were the focus. Whipstriker pull out all the most metal words for song titles too, with ‘nuclear’, bloodbath’, ‘hate’, ‘armageddon’ and of course ‘metal’ all making an appearance. The slightly slower ‘Flames of Hate’ is probably my favourite song here, with its more midpaced gallop setting it apart from the breakneck speed metal of the rest.

Whipstriker smash out some quality raw traditional metal here, with catchy riffs and rabid hooks keeping the air guitar fingers flying, and the heads thrashing! Available once again through Goatprayer Records, ‘Only Filth Will Remain’ drags you back in time to a place when metal like this rocked tiny, dirty clubs all around this world. A simpler, and sometimes better time, and Whipstriker’s music is a blissful retro smash and grab. Awesome!

Motor - Motor

Motor by Motor, German old school speed metal warriors, is one of these albums that you find very hard to dislike. Their debut album came out over two years ago, but I’ve just managed to get round to getting a copy. I first heard them on a free CD that came with Slowly We Rot, one of Eastern Europe’s finer underground mags. I loved ‘Satanic Rock’, but what is the rest of the album like?

‘Highspeed Drinkers’ kicks us off with a great, punkish speed metal vibe with a dirty production and dirtier riffs. ‘Good Evening (This is Over the Top)’ is a short, sharp kick to the ribs, while the more mid paced thrasher ‘Hellride’ is just that dash chuggier and less frantic. The speedy, insanely catchy ‘Heavy Metal’ is great, and ‘Satanic Rock’ is still one of my favourite songs of the past few years. ‘Dr Steel’ is a white hot riffing beast of vintage thrash, while the high energy punk of ‘Truckstop Demon’ is raw and rocking.

Motor do speed metal the old fashioned way. Imagine crossing ‘Kill Em All’ with any Motorhead record then throwing in a dash of classic Venom in there, and you’re getting the idea. The vocals don’t have a lot of variety, and admittedly a lot of the songs sound similar, but when a band play with this much energy and conviction, it’s incredibly hard not to just grab a beer and bang your fucking head. ‘Motor’ is a great no frills metal album full of infectious songs and pure fucking aggression!


Sed Auiis cover art

‘Sed Auiis’ is the newest split release from Sixsixsix Music, featuring one band I know very well (Chiral) and two I am less familiar with. I trust, knowing Steve at Sixsixsix, that the black metal will be of a high quality, so I’m looking forward to what this sounds like.

Nebel Uber Den Urnenfelder (Fog Over the Urnfield according to Google translate, please let me know if I’m wrong) open up this six track effort with the first of their two contributions, ‘Asche uber dem Leidensweg’. This is a menacingly raw slice of black metal, with a very depressive feel to it. It is all chainsaw riffs and naked fury, balanced by delicate acoustics which enhance that sense of mourning. ‘Ein Riss im ewigen Kreis’ exudes that similar atmosphere, foreboding but bare for us all to see. The bar is set high for Eternal Spell and Chiral to aim for.

Eternal Spell are Chilean and are a solo project spitting out raucous blackened thrash punk fury, ‘Black Mysticism’ being prime raw Venom worship. ‘Forces of Occult’ is the better track I think, with some cool Celtic Frost style grunts and a relentless assault. It’s dripping with classic proto-black metal moments, and the vibe it gives off is totally addictive!

Now to my good friend Chiral. I’ve yet to be disappointed with anything Teo has produced with Chiral, and his two contributions are more of the same high quality black metal. ‘Queste Voci Ch’Eclissano la Luce Part I’ is a pulsing slice of Emperor-esque savage beauty, from the slow melodies of the intro to the howling rage of the main riffs. The acoustic interlude leaves a final minute of ‘Nightside’ style frost, scything through your veins. ‘…Part 2’ has dashes of Dissection’s melodic flair, and has some wonderfully evocative guitar leads at the beginning and in fact throughout. A swaying tribute to the coldest of black metal’s kings, Chiral has once more proven that black metal burns bright.

In conclusion, I’d say this split is definitely worth getting a copy of. You’ve got atmospheric depressiveness, vintage blackened speed metal and soaring icy black metal greatness, all in the space of 6 tracks. What more could you want!?