Having completely overlooked the fact that their latest release, the EP 'The Human Error' had actually already been out for a year when I reviewed it in 2012, I called it 'one of the best retro thrash releases of this summer' back then and compared the three songs to Xentrix, Sacred Reich and Atrophy and rewarded the Dutch crew with a whopping 90/100 rating.
The debut album is now available to the masses and I was of course excited to hear if the full-length could leave up to the short appetiser I'd been exposed to. The short answer is 'no, not quite'.
It's not as if the Appingedam four-piece doesn't stay true to their thrash roots and serve a disc full of true-to-nature 90s US and Brit riffs. All that is in place, no worries. It's not that the band's writing abilities suck, but it's not exactly Metallica quality either and there are very few surprises along the way. Although it's the only instance on the album which is a complete miss, it's a big one: the ballad Affinity sounds downright terrible and shouldn't have been included, despite a nice build-up. The vocals performance by singer/guitarist Emiel isn't functioning, let me put it like that. My last rant also goes to poor Emiel: The Xentrix inspired vocal is cool for a song or two, but for a full album, it's not dynamic enough and becomes a little boring. I felt the same way about Xentrix back in the day, by the way.
So, all in all a good and approved album, but with flaws.