Founded in Bavaria, Germany, in 2004, Battle Creek are an old school thrash metal band. In 2008, they established themselves in the European metal scene, with their demo, ‘Demolition’, reaching the finals of the Wacken metal battle in 2009. In 2011, their debut album, ‘Wake the Plague’ was released and in November 2015, their current album, ‘Hate Injection’, came out.
Dealing Death – Beautiful acoustic riff intro, followed up by a wave like gradual amped up melody that simply melts into your veins….. until….. one of the most forceful, crashing instrumentals, bringing to mind the words ‘thrash till death’, cos nothing else would fit. Orgasmic riffs to die for and old school thrash at its best. If you wanted a return to the heydays of thrash metal, you’ve got it right here.
Redneck Riot – Bang! Right in there with killer heavy drums and an absolutely blazing hot fire of riffage and angry raging thrash vocals to better the likes of Testament. A metal crusade to end them all! I have no more words to do it full justice, so I’ll end there.
Kill Or Be Killed – Blistering opening, with more of the same. A veritable melting pot of steel. We’ve entered ‘school of metal’ territory and it just gets better and better. Mood lifter straight from metal heaven. Now we’re cooking and I have nothing more to say.
Hate Injection – As if you needed any more evidence of Battlecreek’s rightful place in the Wacken finals, here it is. It truly is mind blowing. Some use of growly vocals in here, blended in with the more thrashy ones and it suits this particular track well. Ending on a final blasting drum hit, it speaks volumes.
Blood For The President – Opening with a crackling riff fest to kill for, demonstrating their absolute clinching of metallic rhythm, a sheer explosion of unrepentant thrash blitzcriegs, straight from the Gods of Metal. Climbing in intensity and hitting its peak at the end, on that heavenly riff, this is the biz.
Fuck The Demon – Getting in there with some no hesitation melodic hard and heavy riffing; it really doesn’t get any better. Pure lightning storms of metal). A very fitting and damn good title. You’re in safe and experienced metal hands here. If you need a pick me up, this is the one.
Hell in a Cell – Dark, rapid, considered and instinctive all at once. I think I’m being pleasantly assaulted by a barrage of sensory attacking thrash! I doubt I’ll ever be the same again. I mean, this is pure manna from Heaven. Have Slayer, Testament, Exodus and Anthrax reconvened secretly and combined their talents in the guise of Battlecreek? It certainly sounds like it. Full on steel! It’s about time someone bought me a box of drumming resistant pens!
D+Adldi D+Adldi D+A – Unpronounceable title, so I’m not going to try. Still, the riffs and drum rolls more than compensate. This is just a complete and total riff and drum hammering of your senses until all but metal is obliterated. Quite right, too. Some of the most beautiful riffing ever, just after that mid-section. Absolutely flawless compositions and ending on a somewhat Yngwie Malmsteenish classical style riff which it seems is the ideal cherry on the top of the icing. Sublime.
Nodeng Of Darkness – A final closing demo of the stunningly steel instrumentals we’ve already heard; this time, accompanied by deep throated monster like growls. Smashing it big time here, they still introduce some variety here and there in tempo, volume and pace; ensuring it’s never predictable. A sound conclusion to a convincing and ear-rending album of thrash extravaganza.
Overall – A believable thrash metal banquet, to quash the doubts of all non-believers. One of those rare finds which actually lives up to its PR and then some. Real, honest, plausible thrash at its very finest. You need this in your life.
For fans of Testament, Exodus, Slayer, Anthrax, Bay Area/crossover styles of thrash and all old school NWOHM.