Crimson Slaughter – ‘Cycle Of Decay’

Crimson Slaughter are a Spanish thrash metal band, formed in 2015, from members of bands from South Madrid.  Their debut album was released in July 2016.  New material is now prepared for a follow-up album.  Record label support is now being sought.

Combat Formations – A positive battering ram of drums, riffs and bass, coming straight at you, in a fiercely ‘Tallicaesque way, with clear nods to ‘Battery’.  In fact, that would be a good term for this particular brand of metal attack, since that’s how it leaves you feeling.  Battered.  An epic battle metal extravaganza, to shred your eardrums into strips.

Endless War – Turning up the attack some more, this time, adding some furious vocals and angry melodies into the mix.  All the while, a resoundingly classic thrash essence permeates.  Pure raw aggression.

Buried Beneath The State – There’s no let up at all from the absolute crazed fury with which this comes at you.  Loud, impassioned, mosh pit territory.  Bang your head if you dare, but I warn you, it might fall off.

Dead Walk Away – Great racy fast pace and a bit of random drumstick biz going on there.  Some very nice slide guitar work too and a truly unique fade out, like the sound of an eardrum perforating.

Bred To Obey – Oh yeah!  Now there’s something very sexy about this intro.  That delicious combo of rapid pace, testosterone fuelled vocals and viciously energised riffs and drum beats get right to the core, immediately.  Slight echo of D.R.I.’s ‘Beneath The Wheel’, around 3/4 of the way in, building momentum, to an insane level, as it rages on, towards the close, with affecting finality.  Deeply and profoundly metal.

Wretch God – Wow!  Mesmeric intro, of mixed acoustic electric sections, powered by creepy, sinister tones.  A darkly horroresque style runs throughout it.  Fabulous riff scales just before the close.  Smooth and seamless fade out.

Battlefields – Frenzied drum intro, closely followed on its heels by similar sounding riffs and a clear, lyrical 9/11 emphasis.  It’s not entirely clear where they’re going with that theme, but it seems like an attempt to depict the media portrayal, which could perhaps be a comment on the dangers and scourge of terrorist disasters, their social and political effects and how they’re portrayed, or even a note on alarmist tactics.  Whatever its lyrical message, one thing’s clear – it’s angry and determined to show it.

Kill Or Be Killed – Tasty bit of speed riffing in that intro, straight from planet mosh itself.  In fact, the power riffs continue consistently and you’ll even hear a bit of growly stuff in there, amidst the chaos of unrelenting terror.  Be ready to pick up the pieces from the debris it leaves strewn all around it, in it’s violent and destructive wake.

My Fist, Your Face – No, not the Aerosmith cover.  Even better slide speed guitar riff intro.  Slayer, eat your heart out.  Some may be offended by the language in here.  “They can fuck off and buy something from the new age section”.  Fun, incensed aggression just rules throughout.

Punisher – Really going for the big 4 thrash element here, in a perfect finale.  They’ve obviously challenged themselves to a race to play faster and faster, till they reach the peak of true thrash speed and intensity and finally explode.  At least they’ll go out with a bang.

Overall – An intense, loaded cacophony of anger infused, energy charged, thrash metal madness, to release the demons within.

8/10

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For fans of Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth, Testament, Exodus and thrash metal, speed and power metal, generally.

 

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