Riot Squad
Style: (Melodic) PowerThrash Metal
Release date: October 16th 2009

This is one of my Top 10 bands – and they don’t disappoint me!!

I have been looking forward to this release for quite some time now. After seeing the band doing great live on Headbangers Open Air this summer, after last years last minute canceling, this album was very expected. Bandleader Charly Steinhauer promised the fans a heavier and faster album than it’s predecessor Electrify, and I guess we got it!

10 tracks that hammers away without losing the melody, and rhythmic really with balls. Listen to a track like Rise In Rank, controlled and precise, bull still rockin’ along, with an underlying faster pace – this is thrash at it’s best!

The reason I call this PowerThrash is, that Paradox, together with some few other bands like Brainstorm, has a special sound and energy to their approach to the Thrash genre: pumped, controlled and energetic, generally keeping an accurately “swinging rhythm” (considering it’s a thrashband), but also paces forward at “full throttle ahead”.

Paradox has this special kind of energy, that calls out the need to play some air-guitar – try turning it up at your stereo, and see if I’m right or not – if you can resist the need to rock along, you’re either deaf and numb (and I do mean numb) or too f****n’ old.

…and a cool cover…

Paradox still belong in my personal Top10 of all times after this album – consolidating their position – this is awesome!!!


Suburban Riot Squad 5:07


Hollow Peace 5:33


Riptide 4:03


Rise In Rank 4:26


Evolution Reset 5:31


Nothingness 5:24


No Place To Survive 2:55


Dream Hero 5:08


Planet Terror 6:43


Psychofficial 3:37

Label: AFM Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 95/100
Reviewed by: Claus Melsen
Date: October 3rd 2009