It seems like I’ve been covering various takes on doom metal all year, so how about some good, old-fashioned California thrash for a change of pace? Trio Blessed Curse just dropped their second album, an EP entitled Beware of the Night, and we definitely pick up the pace with this one.
Because I’m essentially running The Sons of Metal Podcast by myself now, my writing time is taking a hit. Here are some short takes on albums I’ve listened to recently, though.
Being a child of the 1980s, I always cringe internally when I get an album promo for a band that touts itself as "old school <insert subgenre here>", because if the re-thrash movement from a few years ago taught us anything, some folks should just remain cover bands working for beer money at their local Drink & Drown. I do try to give each one a listen, though, and occasionally I’m rewarded with a gem from the rock pile.
Typically when I think of Italian metal, I automatically go to the symphonic power metal put out by the various incarnations of [Luca Turilli’s] Rhapsody [of Fire] with the occasional smattering of death metal. Therefore, it’s a refreshing change of pace for a blackened thrash metal act to come out of Europe’s Boot and prove the Scandinavians and the South Americans don’t have a duopoly on the genre.
Hailing from the Land Down Under (Australia, not Hell), Bloodlust is a two-man side project of the bassist (Specter, a.k.a. James Campbell) and drummer (Disaster, a.k.a. Louis Rando) from the black metal act Mhorgl.
When Swedish trio Graveyard After Graveyard had leftover material after releasing their LP Bagged and Dragged to a Fullmoon Burial they decided to release these songs as an EP, Hellhound On My Trail, six months later.
Greece has produced quite a few interesting metal acts in recent years, especially thrash metal bands. In keeping with that trend, Hillbilly Revenge (falling into the crossover/Bay Area thrash camp) and Human Slaughter (leaning more toward the crust/death side) put together ten-track split called Hillbilly Slaughter.
Brazil is a country steeped in the death and thrash metal traditions. Keeping that tradition are Krueger, a band that formed initially in 1987, but didn’t put out their first album until 2001’s Turn On To Death. Another 13–14 years passes, and it’s apparently time for a second album, Return To Death. With such a lax release schedule, how does the band fare?
When we last left Dave Rotten, he was delivering some tortured roars for FamishGod. Well, Dave is back, but this time he’s altered his delivery and is fronting a thrash band, Holycide, on their debut EP Toxic Mutation released under his Xtreem Music label.
Dark Void is comprised of five seventeen year-old Cyprus teens who took their love of thrash metal and self-released their first EP, Release The Kraken. Given the age of the performers, how does the music stand up?