Posts Tagged ‘Thrash’

Hyperia - Insanitorium

From the artwork to the opening licks of ‘Mad Trance’, you instantly can tell that Hyperia’s debut ‘Insanitorium’ is a heft slab of classic thrashing. The Calgary, Alberta Canada natives have been busy in the last year, knocking out a couple of singles and an EP before this year’s debut, and I instantly gravitated to this record. It is out now through Sliptrick Records.

‘Mad Trance’ is a potent opener for this kind of genre; the kind of neck snapping, galloping Bay Area riffs with a vintage thrash yelp and some absolutely killer soloing. Someone obviously forgot to tell Hyperia that the classic thrash revival was back in 2007, because they would’ve fitted in beautifully then. The fact that ragers like ‘Asylum’ and the more mid paced chug of ‘Nullified’ are out now and not back then is probably even better for these guys, because they might have got lost in the shuffle. Now, Hyperia are a breath of fiery fresh air, ripping through tracks like ‘Fish Creek Frenzy’ and the confident ‘Dystopia’ with old school aplomb. Vocalist Marlee Ryley has the classic thrash shriek down to a tee, and her performance is outstanding here. The grandiose ‘Contagion’ is my personal highlight, but you can’t go wrong with any of it.

‘Insanitorium’ is a fanthrashtic debut, and every song immediately feels like a cause of mass moshing. Vintage thrash records are right up my alley, and this is pure worship of the likes of Sacred Reich and Overkill. Absolutely awesome stuff, and its great to hear that in 2020 that this kind of album still rips.

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Polish thrashers Warfist bring the riffs on their latest full length ‘Grünberger’, and their intoxicating blend of heavy riffing and speed plays right into the Killchain’s wheelhouse. It is out now through Godz ov War Productions.

Drawing deep from the well of The Haunted, ‘Grünberger’ is a massive sounding record, as each riff is thick and chunky. There’s a bit of Dew-Scented in there too, and it is refreshing to hear some thrash that doesn’t just steal from either the Bay Area or Sodom. This is deathly, dense thrash riffs with a rough edged production which gives it a bit of grit. The neck snapping speed of ‘The Burning Flames of Ignorance’ is a delight, as is the thunderous chug of ‘The Punishment’ and the poisonous edge to the title track sneaks some blackened action in there too.

Everything you need in a metal album is right here. Warfist have all the riffs you’d need to make a good night of it, an infectious turn of pace and a guitar tone that’ll inspire many pits from here on. ‘Grünberger’ is a beast of record, full of energy and heaviosity that makes it a must. By the time the rampant ‘Atrocious Saviour’ brings the record to a close, you’ll be broken, battered and thoroughly entertained! Fuck Yeah!

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Reabilitator - Global Degeneration

Ukrainian thrashers Reabilitator’s debut record ‘Global Degeneration’ is one of those records that just throbs with untamed teenage energy. It came out in 2012, but has seen a few rereleases through Metal Race Records in 2016. If you like old school thrash, this is for you.

Besides the Beavis and Butthead-esque album art, Reabilitator really hit the ground running here, with a rapid punky style of thrash that really kicks ass. Opener ‘Mechanical Devastation’ hits all the same points that Municipal Waste were going for, and even though we’re well past the neo-thrash revival, it shows that the style really isn’t over. The chugging start to ‘The End’ is seriously good, while the neck snapping speed of ‘New World Order’ is designed to get pits rocking. There’s rapid fire solos, headbanging gallops and vocalist Lololo has a great thrash yelp.

‘Global Degeneration’ is a strong if slightly raw debut record. Reabilitator have got the riffs and the songwriting skills, but they will definitely benefit from a thicker production. I look forward to checking out their newest record, ‘Social Programming’ too. If you like early Overkill, Sacred Reich and any of the newer old school thrashers like Municipal Waste or Gama Bomb, you’ll really like this.

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Kobold - Death Parade

Serbian thrashers Kobold’s new record, ‘Death Parade’, has frankly terrible album art. But that’s a small criticism of a debut full length that has a potent energy and endless enthusiam that you wish would infect a lot of thrash bands these days. It is out now through the band’s Bandcamp page.

You get that feeling straight away with a short intro, and then the thrash kicks into gear with ‘Death Parade’. This is a record that immediately pulses with a sense of joyous excitement to be thrashing, without overly ponderous moments to kill the vibe. You are getting a hefty dose of Sacred Reich, Overkill and the like, while the speed of some of the riffing is nothing short of heroic. Thrash can become very boring without energy, and Kobold brings the energy hard. The chunky, modern Death Angel-esque ‘Fake’ is a banger, along with the savage ‘When the Eyes Turns Inward’ and the lightning fast soloing of ‘Headless Horseman’.

The only complaint really is that ‘Death Parade’ could maybe do with a little bit of judicious trimming to bring down that almost hour runtime. It feels a little long in points and could maybe lose a song or two later on. But as debut thrash records go, it is as old school as they come and that is to be applauded. Fists in the air and get fucking thrashed!

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Infrared - Saviours

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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