Archive for May, 2016

Obey – ‘Gutless’

May 16, 2016

Introducing Obey, from Stoke-on-Trent.  Taken from the forthcoming ‘Maelstrom’ album, due for release in August 2016, ‘Gutless’ is the first single to appear on it.

Nice hard, heavy intro and a great general thrudding feel to this.  Catchy, melodious beat, bluesy tones and a fabulously earthy, gritty voice.  Uplifting tones, delicious riffs and hammering drums.  Everything you could want.  You’ll love it.  Crank it up loud.

10/10 **********

Youtube video of ‘Gutless’:

Carrying much the same power as the audio track, the visuals just add to the effect.  Imaginative use of visual effects, incorporating scenes of handwritten lyrics being obliterated by fire and an aptly, well captured, shaded dark background, with plenty of band shots, for added pleasure.  Impressive sound and visual quality; no easy feat on youtube vids and an overall memorable, enjoyable feel, which’ll make you want to revisit it.  One of the best youtube vids I’ve seen in a long time.  A very high class quality production, which rocks hard.  For comparison’s sake, it’s like a faster paced, crisper version of Down.

10/10 **********

https://youtu.be/BE5Tz2iiSjE

https://www.youtube.com/user/obeyuk

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Dystonia – ‘World Wide War’

May 15, 2016

Dystonia, from Siberia, formed in 2011.  Originally a covers band, playing tributes to old school thrash bands, a year later, they began producing their own original material, the first track being ‘Holocaust’, followed by ‘Justice’?

Following the usual line-up changes, they recorded their new single, ‘Consumer’, which preceded an international tour, supporting bands such as Nightrage (Sweden), Neurasthenia (Italy), Lacerated and Carbonized (Brazil), etc.

Currently, the band are busy promoting this, their debut album, ‘World Wide War’.  The background of WWW revolves around global concepts such as the near future, wars, genocide and nuclear winter.

Starvation – Right in there, with a magnificent drum roll and a totally thrashy scream, which bodes well.  I can sense the anger in those lyrics and riffs immediately.  Always a good sign.  It’s raw, punchy, aggressive and loud.  Just the way thrash is meant to be.  Great job, right from the off.  Slick performance, heartily delivered.  Get in there.

No Chance To Return – Even louder, angrier drum intro!  You can hear the Testament influences in there, for sure.  Oh, loving those riffs!  Slightly more melodic and harmonious, in places, but still maintaining the solid thrash basis.  Even a bit of growl in there too.  Slightly Panteraesque, here and there.  In fact, the Pantera sound grows bigger towards the end.  Clean, clear ending.  Done.

Consumer – Ooh, very original intro of shop tills doing their thing, before crashing into life, with a really classic thrash sound.  Fast-paced riffs, ferocious vocals and battering drums, combining, to create a very tasty heaviness, to calm and kill the worst of moods.  A damn good demo of what thrash is for.

Justice – More of a fun element to this kick drum intro, but no let up in the relentlessly furious pace of the riffs and sound of the vocals.  Well honed screams and a general feel of righteous anger, befitting the title.  A veritable volley of drums up to the close and ending on an aptly anger-charged scream of ‘Justice’!  Fabulous job, brilliantly performed.

We Are All Condemned – More metal mayhem, with more of a party flavour and some cracking melodies.  Fantastically cohesive harmonies, especially at the end.  Just filled with such noticeably enthralling music.  One of those that hooks you in and doesn’t let go.  (Standout track).

Holocaust – That doomy, yet vibrant feel returns.  This has got a lot going for it.  Immediate, catchy and alive.  A thoroughly passionate, sincere performance.  So driven.  Energy fuelled, life affirmingly quick paced and genuinely delivered.  It rocks and then some.  The height of thrash mania.

Eternal Nuclear Winter – Loving the catchy, head bugging intro.  This has more of a new wave sound/feel to it.  It’s cleverly placed itself in the middle of several possible sub- genres/influences.  Fairly short, but immensely powerful would be an understatement.

Downfall – Wow!  In a complete change of tack, here’s a hauntingly beautiful piano instrumental, which is poignant, sinister, melancholy and attention grabbing, all at once.  Perfect closer, to summarise the central themes of this album and their potential outcomes.  Filled with feeling.  Nothing could have said it better.

Overall – A highly compelling, contemplative concept album, simultaneously mood-altering and entertainingly thrashy.  Food for thought, with fun and aggression combined.

10/10 **********

For fans of Testament, Slayer, Pantera, Avenged Sevenfold and all genres and sub genres of thrash metal, new and old.

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Infrared – ‘No Peace’

May 11, 2016

From music hailing back to the 80s underground  thrash metal scene, inspired by ‘The Big Four’, comes this stunning debut album, ‘No Peace’, featuring ‘Thoughts Caught (In Between) ‘, the track and video which brought them national acclaim in Canada at the time.  Following a 27 year hiatus, Infrared are back, with the full length album the world’s been waiting to hear.  Watch this space.

Inframental – Opening with a somehow aptly placed jet take off, this awesomely titled intro storms right in there, with a hard and heavy volley of drums, riffs of sheer pizzazz and energy to match.  A stunningly powered instrumental, assertively and boldly performed.

TOC – Fucking hell!  That’s a banging hard intro if ever I heard one, followed by gorgeously sexy riffs and Hetfieldesque vocals.  It’ll get you immediately, pinning you down and keeping you there till it’s done its thing.  Screaming power, shouting thrash and catching you in its web, this was definitely well worth the wait.  Especially for the echoes of ‘Frayed Ends Of Sanity’.

No Peace – Wow!  Talk about a perfect title track intro.  This is it.  Here is a classic example of how thrash should be done. OMG, those drum beats are so damn catchy and loud, half the contents of my computer desk just fell on the floor, from the vibrations.  You’re going to love those riffs to death aswell.  Same goes for the vocals, which are just the bomb, especially for we Metallica fans.  This has got all the right ingredients.

My Good Will – Oh yeah!  That does it for me straight away! Opening with a classic thrash beat, powered by immense vocals, stunning screams and an overall catchy, singalong quality you’d be hard-pressed not to love, the beautifully melodic riffs complete it well.  Got to love that sexy sound at the end).  I’m hooked.

Social Science – A gradual intro riff, increasing in volume, with every second, the whole track just doesn’t let up the whole time; throwing out power, volume and metal intensity all the way.  Those drums really are heavy as fuck.  Great harmonies and a slight echo of ‘Anti-social’ at the close, an intriguing title, with a very certain feel to the track.  Strong is an understatement.

Cliche – Immediate, striking, blasting into life, no holds barred.  More ‘Tallica influences audible here, the riffs from the mid-section will just carry you away.  The singing’s of a particularly good melodic quality here.  It’s just over too soon.

Some Kind Of Disease – Bang!  It gets straight in there, with confident, unhesitant, top level drumming, equally driven riffs to kill and clear, energised vocals, loaded with Hetfieldesque flavour.  Just a really fun, enjoyable track.

Down Below – Shit!  That hit me at about 1000 miles an hour!  Loving the well justified total confidence that shines out of these guys.  More of that wonderful essence of Hetfield.  You’re gonna be singing along with this in no time.  The pure catchiness seems to increase even more, if that were possible.  Nice vocal harmonies at the end and perfectly placed….. dare I say it again?  Hetfieldesque evil laugh).  Love it.

Untimely Storm – Wow, what a beautiful intro!  It has to be heard to be believed, but it’s a truly magical sound.  Gentle and mellow, yet so, so powerful.  Soon moving, with expert fluidity, back into the heavier, more metallic sound.  Great lyrics!  Incredibly visual.  Compelling, passionate and almost palpable.  You can almost taste them.  Ending on an ideally placed storm sound, it conveys its message brilliantly.

Thoughts Caught (In Between) – Oh yes!  Opening with some of the fastest, catchiest, most intense riffs ever.  It’s love at first listen.  Extremely Tallicaesque, with a particular sound of ‘Blackened’.  Drum rolls to die for.  Heavenly riffs.  Such impassioned vocals.  The ideal uplifter, to not only raise your spirits, but bring you right up out of yourself.  Those ending riffs are almost burning with passion fuelled fire.  If it doesn’t hook you and lift you up immediately, check your pulse, to see if you’re dead. 

In Search Of – Beautifully soft riff intro, somewhat resonant of ‘Parisienne Walkways’.  Joined by a drum beat so heavy, it’s almost bursting with life.  This immense instrumental is literally so evocatively sensory in its nature, it will hit that place in you which only the truest of metal lovers will recognise.  That place from which there’s no return and no chance of ever forgetting a song of this nature, once it’s locked inside you.  I think that’s the biggest compliment possible for any band/song.

Overall – A perfect representation of the wonders which can be done with thrash metal, with old school backgrounds and new individual spins.  I love what they’ve done with this.  Each song’s a literal feast of metallic delights.  Here is the sound of genuine, true passion.  Unforgettable.

10/10 **********

For fans of Metallica, Exodus, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth.

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