More or less everything thrash metal fans need is right here. It's very
good. Not the most original in that it follows a very solid thrash formula, but
being thrash metal it has to. It needs speed, aggression, as well as heavy, evil sounding
lyrics and blinding guitar solos. It has all of that. Drummers in thrash bands
may as well have bass pedals surgically attached to their feet, but the drums
are not loud enough in my view.
So, the formula being correct, the production could be a little better. I think
there is such a thing as sounding 'too' raw though many disagree, thinking that
anything in thrash that isn't 'raw' is too polished. Could have turned
the vocals down just a touch in places and given the drums a bit more level, all
The chugging riffs are not the most memorable but there is more of an emphasis
on bass than is typical of thrash so that's quite refreshing. I very much
enjoyed the freedom the bass player has been given for the intricate fills that
pop up throughout the album. A very good touch. Lyrically speaking there is just
the right kind of voice - hinting of growling but not so the lyrics can't be
Rock solid thrash metal.
It's like the ingredients are the same used by bands like Kreator and
Testament, but the cake tastes differently and you will still really like it.