Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Thrash Metal
Release date: 21 November, 2014
Playing time: 51:00

The band with Britta GŲrtz on vocals is back 2Ĺ years after predecessor 'Antagonist', with the new album called 'HyŽna'. The style hasn't changed a lot and like on their 2012 album the quality of the songs is good. Old school thrash metal with Bay Area influences with a fine dose of groove is what you get. The songs have enough variety not to get boring, sometimes fast, then again a bit slower with a nice groove.

Britta growls and grunts even more intense than on earlier albums and some will like it, others won't. Sometimes I get the idea that she completely destroys her vocal cords and I really wonder if she can still speak after recording one or two songs... But the answer to that you can find in an earlier interview I did with the band in 2012 (check it out). The howling guitars sometimes have a kind of Slayer sound and Dennis Weber tortures his drums like a real animal. My personal favorite songs are "The Jackhammer" and "Animated Flesh". The songs both have a very nice guitar riff, with a certain contagious swing and a very aggressive fast part in the middle.

With this new album Cripper shows that they are one of the better German thrash metal bands and I think this album is enjoyable for everyone, who calls him/her self a thrash metal fan.   

01. HyŽna
Bloodshot Monkey Eye
A Dime for the Establishment
Animated Flesh
The Origin
Patterns in the Sky
09. The Jackhammer
10. Patronized
11. Pure
Label: Metal Blade Records
Distribution: Sony Music (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 22 November, 2014
Website: www.cripper.de