One of the things that immediately strike me is that the linguistic level is perhaps not the highest on the latest release from Swedish veteran death thrashers Suicidal Winds. Take e.g. titles like opener Slowly We Frost (?), Unevitable [sic] Doom or Ballade [sic] of Death…
But it matters not, I suppose. This is not about eloquence – it’s about death thrash in the vein of old Sepultura. No hanky panky there.
The eleven tracks on the album are all decidedly old-school, and, I have to admit, not quite my cup of tea when it comes to old-school.
I make a sharp distinction between old-school the Bay Are/US way (relying on Metallica/Testament/Death Angel/OverKill, etc.) and old-school the German/Austrian way (relying on Destruction/Sodom, etc.), where we’ve seen cool stuff done in the former branch the past couple of years, whereas the latter has resulted in less fortunate efforts that prove that the early releases of Sodom and Destruction were cool back in the day - but don’t really need to be repeated over again.
I loved Sodom during the eighties, and when Sepultura released their first couple of albums before the almighty ‘Beneath the Remains’, that was cool too, because it sounded a lot like Sodom. But that was then and this is now, Sodom moved on (if slightly), Destruction moved on, Sepultura moved back and forrth, Celtic Frost most certainly moved on, and in this day and age, an album such as ‘Chaos Rising’ is a decent, however standard death thrash album with a slightly annoying vocal.