take four Italian guys who are totally dedicated to thrash metal of the
late eighties/early nineties and put them behind drums, guitars and a
microphone. What do you get? Nothing less than an amalgam of Megadeth/Death
Angel and Anthrax in their heyday.
not at all sure that a 15-year-old kid would appreciate the debut CD
from Ground Control the way I do. These Italians thread the fine line
between originality and being pure copycats elegantly, although they at
times are so eager at paying homage to the old masters that you can
recognise a Megadeth riff here and a Death Angel vocal line there.
Particularly the opening of a song like Face This Night is so close to
Megadeth’s High Speed Dirt that no one is left in doubt which eighties
thrash icon has set the agenda. Alession Garavella’s voice, on the
other hand, is so frighteningly close to Mark Osegueda’s that you
think the man himself must have done some overdubs here and there.
Control know exactly what thrash metal is all about, and it is a
pleasure to listen to the nine own compositions as well as their able
(and very appropriately included) version of Anthrax’s Metal Thrashing
Metal up your arse, Italia!