Label: Blood Harvest - YOTZ#18 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: Sweden • Genre: Rock • Style: Thrash
There was a time When I called the night my friend And felt no pain Only a child And the light of innocence Burned bright as day. Fire In The Hole 2. Mob Justice 3.
Chain Of Fools 4. Shadow Company 5. Holiday In Cambodia 6. Bad Blood 7. Chasin' Charlie 8. Mirror To Madness 9. The Omen. On Annihilation Principle the band abandoned most of their traditional heavy metal idiocies that prevailed Ceremonial Death - Lethal - Annihilation Agenda . As a result, this album is quite a consistent and controlled release, not to forget about the fact that the music is now a lot faster and can really be called thrash metal.
The band's sound is much tighter and even the vocals are nastier than before, feeling just about right this time. The material is pretty well-balanced, the funny Dead Kennedys cover Holiday In Cambodia and the surprisingly subtle The Omen being more distinctive from the rest. Somehow it feels that Annihilation Principle is still missing some character to be really outstanding, but it is definitely a fine thrash metal album and unarguably Laaz Rockit's best release.
Into The Asylum 3. Greed Machine 4. Too Far Gone 5. Curiosity Kills 6. Suicide City 7. The Enemy Within 8. Nobody's Child 9. Silence Is A Lie The last album of Laaz Rockit turned out to be the heaviest and thrashiest release from the band ever. The guitar work is particularly convincing and helps to save even some less impressive tracks.
On the other hand, the vocals sound fairly hollow and underproduced. Silverball 2. In Rage 3. Sands Of Time 4. Isolation 5. Ignorance 6. Pathetic State 7. Lost Identity 8. The Falling Separate Ways.
For starters, this German band picked a fine name for themselves and the album cover is sort of creepy. That's where the originality mostly ends, though.
Last Rites played fast and fluent albeit quite unsurprising thrash metal with no extraordinary features to speak of. It sounds competent and very consistent, with an audible dose of youthful energy that adds to the music nicely. You probably still cannot say much about this album afterwards, except for a couple of tracks with experimental touches that feel just totally unnecessary at least from a subjective viewpoint.
However, even though Silverball may not be the most memorable release out All My Hoes - Reese & Bigalow* - Unfinished Business, it is almost fantastic in its class when the time frame is considered - pick any "thrash metal" album from the mids, and you are already far more likely to end up with anything else except the real thing.
At least Last Rites had it formally correct for the most part. Bonds - A Beginning 2. Go It Blind 3. Faces 4. Dumb Millions 5. The Worst Disease 6. Skid Talker 7. Lowbrow 8. Feigned Red Blood 9. Don't Urge Disorder. Despite being a mixture of sufficiently high-speed tracks and some slower pieces, Let Us Not Talk Falsely gives a fairly coherent impression right in the beginning.
There are still a couple of pounding but strangely unenergetic tracks too many that could have been better with a higher tempo, and in its current form this album is more like a neat package of competent but not really distinctive basic riffage. While Let Ceremonial Death - Lethal - Annihilation Agenda Not Talk Falsely may be nearly a mandatory collector's item, musically it lacks a certain edge that you have learned to expect from a typical album in the genre.
Rise And Fall 2. Mark Of The Squealer 3. Be Loud 4. On The Outside 5. Defy You 6. Enforcer 7. Tools For War 8. Born To Expire 9. Marathon Self Defense Thrash metal may not be the first thing that comes to mind when Leeway is mentioned, but the band's debut release is practically nothing short of a stereotypical album in the genre. Born To Expire features full-fledged thrash metal, with almost no hardcore tinge whatsoever if the general compact length of songs does not count.
The vocals must be the weakest part of this album, somewhat whiny and irritating - with some more forceful vocal delivery the band's output could have been stronger by a fair notch. The riffs and guitar leads are solid though quite typical and not too captivating. Still, except for the vocals and one notably off-kilter song Catholic High School Girls In Troublethis recording is not all that different from any other run-of-the-mill thrash metal band's performance.
Whether it provides anything worth special attention in the long run, that's a different story. Intro 2. Winds Of Destruction 3. Hellcommand 4. Time To Kill 5. The Beast 6. Banging Till The End 7. Witchhammer 8. Seek, Destroy 9. Sentence Of Death Thrashing Fast And Loud. Metallic Assault seems to have a lot going for it at first, but somehow it fails to fulfill the initial promise. Legacy's overall sound is nicely old-fashioned, the vocals have a specific kind of wicked tone, and the instruments mesh together in a pleasant way.
However, one quickly starts to notice how unvaried the bulk of this material is in practice, with most of the songs resembling each other to a great extent. When the whole album essentially consists of a string of tracks that faithfully repeat the same patterns with no real highlights anywhere, it is guaranteed to leave a more or less disappointing aftertaste.
While it could have been so much more, ultimately Metallic Assault is nothing but a clever pastiche of the old. And in the long run you don't seriously get very far with that. Lethal Liberty 2. Rhythm Rider 3. Possessed 4. Mili K. Young Soldier 6. Dark Force 7. If You Cross The Line 8. Live Wakko The 3rd - From Karaoke To Stardom - [email protected] Today 9. Ceremonial Death - Lethal - Annihilation Agenda Basic Purpose - Professor Inc.
The band's Cannonball Briefcase - Dreadnots - Light Years album does not deviate Ceremonial Death - Lethal - Annihilation Agenda much from the usual standards except Electrochocolat - Brokencandys - Kitsch Is Fashion some notably positive overall feel which is not a bad thing at all.
There seems to be more emphasis on heavy riffs than sheer speed, though this album is by no means a slug. At best the formula results in some fairly nice tracks like Rhythm Rider and Possessedat worst Ceremonial Death - Lethal - Annihilation Agenda output is a bit too much on the dull side. Other than the slightly untrained sounding vocals, the band appear sufficiently competent and all, and the main gripe is just about the lack of more memorable and emphatic songs.