Threat Signal
Under Reprisal

Release date: May 19th 2006
Label: Nuclear Blast
VME (Denmark)

Melodic Thrash / Death Metal

Rating: 60/100
Cover artwork rating:
Reviewed by: Peter Laursen
Date: May 13th 2006

Threat Signal hails from the filthy industrialized east end of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and was formed when cousins Jon and Rich Howard recruited local shredder Kyle McKnight in late 2003. Drummer Adam Matthews joined them in early 2004 and former guitar-tech Marco Bressette joined the band on bass in August 2005. George Parfitt was the final member to join the band in 2006.

“Under Reprisal” is their debut album and was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Christian Olde Wolbers of Fear Factory.  

Here’s what vocalist Jon Howard has to say about their debut album:
"Driving syncopated riffs, powerful screams, ripping guitar solos, old school thrash, melodic singing, dynamic musical passages, catchy hooks, harmonious guitar leads, this album has it all! We put everything we love about music into our sound, and created a very unique record. This album will be kicking your ass at one point, and then taking you out for drinks the next. We are very proud of what we have created, and we believe if you’re a metal fan, you need to give THREAT SIGNAL a listen."

To me Threat Signal is in the same vein as bands like Fear Factory and Raunchy. “Under Reprisal” is an okay album, but I’m missing something… Even after numerous listens nothing, except for a few riffs, really stands out.

Somehow this album seems to stress me up a little… not that it’s a crap album, but there are better albums in that style out there. There is plenty of energy on this release, and that’s a good thing, but I find most of the tracks rather forgettable. Then again… it’s still an okay album.

If you are into bands like Fear Factory and Raunchy I do think you should check this album out… maybe you are in for a nice surprise.