Posts Tagged ‘Thrash’

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Canadian thrashers Infrared follow up their debut full length ‘No Peace’, a collection of 80s written songs but never released, with their new record, ‘Saviours’. It is a collection of classic 80s thrash worshipping songs, with more than a few nods to the NWOBHM giants who preceded that movement. It is out now.

Opener ‘Project Karma’ is instantly recognisable as a product of classic thrash through a modern filter. The Bay Area chug is in full flight, but Infrared take more of a cue from the likes of Death Angel than Metallica. Galloping and technical thrash riffs are everywhere, as are hooky choruses and a joyous execution of heavy metal thunder. But, as much of a celebration of what made 80s metal great as this is, there are plenty of cool unique moments. The measured guitarplay of ‘Saviour’, the almost balladry moments of ‘The Fallen’ and the (good) latter day Megadethisms of the stunningly good ‘All in Favour’ make a triumvirate of killer mid-album tracks.

Infrared do everything you want in a thrash album, and ‘Saviours’ tears through the competition this year for some of the finest riffs and hookiest metal songs. It’s a perfect modernisation of classic Bay Area thrash, along with plenty of heavy metal nostalgia sprinkled upon it. You’d have to be pretty miserable not to have smiles and fists raised at least a couple of times!

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The third and possibly most anticipated album from Finland’s Bonehunter is ‘Children of the Atom’, and the collision of classic Bathory, punk and death/thrash has never been more vibrant. Due out on Hells Headbangers in September, I was a big fan of their ‘Evil Triumphs Again’ debut so this looks to be another gem.

Wrapped in awesome Joe Pentagno artwork, thrashy opener ‘Demonic Nuclear Armament’ sets the stage perfectly with its raspy mix of early Sodom and Bathory, but shot through with some cool punkish guitar parts. This is an incredibly hooky record, with every song having some part of it being really catchy. A very primal form of deaththrash, ‘The Reek of Reaper’s Scythe’ is a manic stabbing of a track, while the title track gallops like a more vicious NWOBHM heyday track. In fact, the whole thing reminds me of a more polished version of one of my favourite bands of the last few years, Hellripper.

It’s nice to get a break from all hell for leather though, the slower doomy section of ‘Black Star Carcass’ is a nice change of pace, before the blastbeats return with a vengeance, and the cool solo in ‘Spider’s Grave’ also mixes it up a little. Sure, the bread and butter is blackened deathy thrash but Bonehunter show that you can dip in and out of other genres and speeds without sacrificing intensity. Still, ‘Children of the Atom’ is at its best when barrelling forward like a runaway train, and the Motorhead-like ‘Cybernetic Vampirism’ is a perfect example of that.

Scouring the best parts of old Sodom and Bathory, cranking up the intensity and then dropping melody nukes right on top of it, ‘Children of the Atom’ is an absolutely beast of a record; monstrous and ferocious and yet insanely catchy. Why can’t everything be like this?!

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South Korean thrashers Sahon are onto their sixth full length record since their inception in the late nineties, and play a ripping form of death and black influenced thrash. ‘Chanting for the Fallen’ is their call to arms against the stereotyping of their music as well as a celebration of their Korean heritage. It is out in a couple of weeks through Transcending Obscurity. Having friends living there and being a fan of the culture myself, I am looking forward to seeing what the peninsula can do in terms of metal.

Instantly their artwork stands out as being totally different from most in the genre, and opener ‘Faith in Savagery’ has a razor edge to its galloping riffing. All the tropes of thrash are here, cool as fuck soloing, thrashy vocals and speedy riffing. What makes a great thrash album is not necessarily doing anything new, but it is doing the old stuff well. ‘At the Edge of Cliff’ is a rampant slab of early Kreator worship, with some absolutely awesome riffing patterns throughout, while the frantic ‘Survive’ is seriously speedy. ‘Chanting for the Fallen’ is not overly polished, and that rough edge really gives their songs that killer instinct, particularly in the driving Motorhead-esque beauty of ‘Born to Lose, Live to Win’ and the chaotic closer ‘You Shall Pay’

Sahon don’t need to hit you over the head with any ‘Asian’ stereotypes or instrumentation in their music, instead they hit you with pure enthusiasm and talent instead. ‘Chanting for the Fallen’ combines the best parts of Teutonic and Bay Area thrash, adds a little bit of grime and dirt and asks only that you thrash your ass off while listening. Just what any great thrash record should do, ‘daedanhi gamsahamnida‘ lads!

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The rerelease of Droid’s superlative debut ‘Terrestrial Mutations’ on LP by Shadow Kingdom Records should be an event shouted from the rooftops. Originally put out last year, this will hopefully bring Droid to a bigger fanbase, as their technical thrash is a sight to behold. It is due for release early in August.

Opener ‘Amorphous Forms (Shapeless Shadows)’ gives you a little taste immediately of the kind of technical wizardry these guys can pull off. Spiralling guitar melodies wrap around some very Voivodian tones and labyrinthine riffing threatens to derail your mind at any moment. But Droid always reel you back in from the edge of technical insanity with solid songwriting underneath. It’s all very good slapping loads of riffs and notes together but if you don’t have a coherent song structure, then who cares? Droid care, and that’s why you get the hooks of ‘Cosmic Debt’, the galloping pit fodder of ‘Abandon Celestial State’ and the stunning structural intricacies of ‘Mission Drift’. It all builds an image of a band that are more concerned with getting their talents in line with their songs than just dazzling with musicianship.

‘Terrestrial Mutations’ is gloriously complexy but still capable of igniting a pit or two with their adherence to the basics of thrash. An air guitarist’s wet dream, but with beautifully written songs, Droid are staggering and this record is the proof. I love it, and you should as well.

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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!

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Swedish thrashers Defiatory are ready to release their second record, ‘Hades Rising’ this Friday through Black Lion Records, and it looks to continue the Bay Area worship that their debut, ‘Extinct’ began. This is more of the same chunky, chugging thrash majesty that we have all come to adore from bands like these, and Defiatory are staking their claim for a patch on your denim vest.

As soon as this record begins, you immediately experience this euphoric love of riffs pour over you like a warm wave. There are galloping, thrashy riffs cascading from the speakers as ‘In Hell’ races with a gleeful sense of purpose. This isn’t some tepid rehash of all things Bay Area circa 1985, this is a true representation of how that style has evolved in the 30 odd years it has been around. The savagely quick ‘Metatron’, the chunky Megadeth-esque ‘King in Yellow’ and the pit fodder of the superb ‘Morningstar’ are all perfect examples of how Defiatory are truly inspired and molded by the spirit of San Franciscan thrash. The aggression of their debut is tempered slightly by explorations of melody, but that in no way detracts from the neck snapping chug.

If you enjoy riffs, you will find an abundance in ‘Hades Rising’. This is a record that faithfully preaches the message of thrash without becoming too much of a pastiche. Defiatory’s debut really impressed me back in 2016, and they look to have dropped another soon to be classic. Get thrashed!

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‘Perversión’ is the third in a horrendous trilogy of filthy black/thrash from Swedish/Chilean ragers Corpsehammer, and as you’d expect with a name like that, this four track EP bludgeons past you at such a force, you’ll need to play it a few times to grasp its true greatness. It will be out on the 13th April through Morbid Skull Records.

Opener ‘Reino – Sangro Del’ throbs with this menacing atmosphere, as spoken word descends into howling madness and the barrelling necrosis of the riffs appears. There is definitely an old school Scandinavian vibe here, meshing with an almost Discharge-like d-beat intensity. ‘Rito _ Magia’ is more of the tortuous, blackened death carnage, where cavernous vocals roar beyond ancient and terrible metal. ‘Perversion’ feels like if you touched its rusted, bloodied edge you’d be guaranteed to get tetanus. Or something worse.

This is a excellent completion to the trilogy, and continues to encapsulate a murky, raw sound that Corpsehammer have nailed. An ode to Darkthrone, Hellhammer and the like, Corpsehammer revive the old days and make it feel fun again. Short but ultimately satisfying, ‘Perversion’ is simple, nasty music for nasty people. Superb.

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