IMMORTAL SYNN: Machine Men

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This five piece metal band from Denver, CO has shared the stage with: Lynch Mob, Wildside, Loudness, Great White, Warrant, Winger, L.A. Guns, Firehouse, Hammerfall, Delain, BulletBoys, Ratt, and The Relapse Symphony in the past. The band consists of Chase McClellan (lead vocals), Tony Z (founder, rhythm/lead guitar, vocals), Miguel Ruíz (lead guitar, backup vocals), Andrew Cope (bass, vocals), Axel Berrios (official drummer, but is currently attending school in Mexico and is set to return by the end of 2017), Ryan Alexander Bloom (fill-in drummer during Axel’s absence).

The band has a mix of traditional metal blended with a touch of thrash and hard rock and does a pretty good job of it. You get eleven songs full of power and raw emotion that you just have to hit the replay after it’s over just to get that rush that occurred on first listen. The songs are pure metal, no alternative, no gloss, just a kick in the groin and a punch in the head of killer riffs, and choruses that will have you shouting along to. The guitar playing is fantastic with solos and riffs bouncing around your ears non-stop, the pounding drums and bass form a perfect union, and the vocals switch from being gruff to up in the higher reaches and make for a noise that’s filled with aggression, but not bland lyrics, these guys are a lot more thoughtful than the average metal band. As I listened to the album, I just got drawn into it deeper and deeper, enjoying it more than I thought I would. The band did a great job with the production and the song length, being not too long and making you want to hear more from them.

I put this on thinking that I might enjoy some of it, but came away loving it and now they have a fan in me. The band proves that hard work, talent and the right mix of people can become a juggernaut.

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AGGRO OR DIE!: Summer Dies: CD

This band from Detroit, Michigan plays a mix of hardcore. thrash and punk on this thirteen song album. This debut has raw power and great aggression that goes from start to end.

The songs are tight, the vocals are raw and angry, the band rages and the pit would be a swirling mix of arms and legs all mixed with sweat, but what a fun time it would be. Pick a song on here, hit play and feel the intensity take ahold of you and try to rip your face off. The album reminds me of DRI on occasion, especially on Fuck February, which is an amazing thrash song. I was listening to this album and thinking about how many bands used to do this, and now very few do, and even fewer do it as good as these guys. The bands never lets up with song after song of pure thrashing goodness, heavy, but still has a hook here and there to catch you and the gang vocals make for a great shout along.

These guys have been around for a while playing and getting better, and on this debut they really let everyone know that they are here to rip your head off and throw you in the pit. Put this one on and scare your neighbors, it might even make the plants die…it’s that good. I need more aggro, or I might die.

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TANKARD: R.I.B.: CD

Tankard is a thrash metal band from Frankfurt Germany, founded in 1982.  Along with the bands Kreator, Destruction and Sodom, Tankard is often considered one of the “The Big Teutonic Four” of Teutonic thrash metal. They released their first record in 1986 and continue to write and record in the same vein: fast metal songs in honour of alcohol. Now they’ve released their sixteenth album and they show no sign of slowing down.

The new album continues with songs about drinking, and general goofiness…what more did you expect from them? R.I.B. stands for Rest In Beer, and of course a German band should be singing about beer. Song after song of thrash played with skill and aggression, just they way it should, no overlong wank fests, hear that Metallica, just good old party time and anger mixed together. The riffs are glorious, the solos are tight, the bass is heavy the drums pummel and the gruff vocals are perfectly suited for the devastation here. The cool thing is that there are a lot of hooks on this album as well as some grooves that you wouldn’t think could be so effectively mixed into the songs. Of course you can bang your head, stage dive, or mosh to this, but the grooves are a nice treat. I really liked “No One Hit Wonder,” “War Cry,” R.I.B. (Rest In Beer),” “Enemy Of Order,” and “Clockwise To Deadline.” The production is tight and it lets the band truly shine on this release.

After all these years Tankard shows no sign of giving up or slowing down and being a sad shadow of themselves. You know what you are getting and with so many bands trying new things out on their fans, it’s great to hear a band doing what they do and doing it well.

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DRONE: Self-titled: CD

This thrash metal band from Celle, Germany formed in 2004. The band released their debut Head-on Collision in the year 2007, and now have released their fourth album in ten years.

Starting off with an acoustic guitar interlude then turns into a chugging riff that gives opening track, “Guilt” a powerful beginning to the album. Heavy and unexpected, Drone have now got your attention, that is for sure.  “The Reason” which has manic double bass drums, keeps the heavy destruction moving along. “Buried In Blue” has killer riffs and power just exploding from the band. The vocals are raspy with the obligatory growls and shouting on the album, and there is a lot melody to the choruses that really make you get into this album. The overall production of the record is clear, and tight, which just adds to the heaviness of the music laid down.

A very heavy album that will make fans take notice and should get new fans to check them out. The power and intensity are at an all time high, jump in and let the band grab you and fill your ears with their energy.

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BLOODRIDE: Bloodmachine: CD

This is the second from these old school Finnish thrashers, and you get ten kick you in the face songs. The band just got tighter and more intense with this release and it really shows maturity.

From opening song “Battered,” and straight through “Horror Has A New Prey, “Deadlights,” “Bloodmachine,” “Massacre My Icons,” and the blistering closer “Fight The Fear,” this band just goes full tilt and just rips. The songs are fast, angry and the spat out vocals really hit hard. The pummeling drums, the heavy bass and the quick leads all add to the devastating sound and make you get ready for the mosh pit.

A very good sophomore album that shows a band getting better and better as you listen to the album. A complete manic, thrash-fest to get you up and moshing from start to finish.

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RASH DECISION: Seaside Resort to Violence: Download

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I’ve reviewed these guys before, but holy shit…this rocks harder and tighter than anything else that they’ve done in the past. Fourteen tracks from these guys is still not enough to satisfy the withdrawal you get when the blast of anger and energy is over.

I really can’t say much about this other than this band grabs you by the balls and doesn’t let go. Track after track of pure power that has hooks, but is not wimpy or boring, just a complete attack on your ears that will be won by Rash Decision, but the surrender is pure bliss…you get to listen to this album. Most of the songs are short with no screwing around, they get right to business, and that business is blistering punk mixed with thrash, metal, and hardcore. They never get muddled down into the bad side of those genres, they are able to mix everything together with finesse that you would not think was possible, but damn it…they have the chops. From the insane drumming, the growled vocals, the screaming guitar laying and the rumbling bass, this is one amazing collection of songs.

As I said before, there is not one throwaway song on here, instead you get a solid album that just proves that there are bands out there who can turn you into a fan right away, or turn a fan into a superfan and make you have a new favorite band…that’s this band right here kids.

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HAVOK: UNNATURAL SELECTION: CD

 

In the nine years since their started, this Denver-based thrash band have already turned out two fairly successful albums and have gone on to worldwide acclaim as one of the metal acts to watch for. Their latest release, Unnatural Selection, cracked the Billboard Top 200 list in its first week and solidified Havok as a solid player in the metal field.

Opener “I Am the State” rages with anger, the riffs have heft and intensity and the simple chorus hits hard. “Give Me Liberty…or Give Me Death” kills with in-your-face, razor-sharp riffing, and timely lyrics. “Worse Than War” has a killer lead riff and sticks in your head. Some other songs that stood out were “Is It True?,” “Chasing the Edge,” and the BLACK SABBATH cover of “Children of the Grave.” As musicians, they are first-rate with David Sanchez and Reece Scruggs playing the hell out of their guitars, new bassist Michael Leon with his rumbling lines, and Pete Webber smashing away behind the kit. Sanchez is a good thrash vocalist, and his cleaner style on here really adds to the power of the music with the lyrics being clearer.

The lyrical content is what really gets me about this record, and most of all. it’s a pretty focused effort lyrically. It’s great to hear lyrics that actually took some thought to write. The whole record is well-thought out and really put together down to the last detail.

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