Overkill – The Wings of War

No band have waved the flag for traditional thrash metal harder and higher than Overkill. Whether they invented the genre or not is debatable, but the New Yorkers appear assured in their position its single greatest producers. The band have steadily been putting out records every two-to-three years since 1985,…

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Basilysk – Emergence

Cracking the code to a successful debut is no cakewalk. Few are those who can define themselves well enough or crystallize their sound over the course of a few demos or EPs that their LP can stand out from the crowd in a sea of half-baked, messy introductions. To be…

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Judiciary – Surface Noise

Ah, the warm embrace of cold political hardcore punk-influenced thrash. Very few things in the world are as musically aggressive as that. It taps into your primal nature  and inflames that aggression you feel toward the system in general. Shouted vocals, overly crunchy guitars, and the unrelenting machine gun repetition…

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Laceration – Remnants

What I’ve come to realize is that you can’t always put everything into boxes. We all try because that’s what our minds want to do. We want to be able to describe things and that usually requires some categorization. Just look at how we understand animals. Cows belong in the…

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Violblast – Theater of Despair

It’s a new year so let’s start a new trend. For many years running, death metal and doom and its subsidiaries have had standout releases. So many of them that pretty much every consecutive year, we’re saying the year belonged to death metal. Doom doesn’t get quite the same bona…

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Plague Years – Unholy Infestation

It’s that time of year again. The middle of December when you remember you haven’t done your holiday shopping so you’re packing it all in at the last minute. Sometimes you’re early enough where you get it all done in time and everything’s perfect. Other times, you were just a…

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Hey! Listen to Battlegrave!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again (and again): Australia has all the best thrash metal bands at the moment, and you can now add Battlegrave to the list of reasons why. It’s been a fairly subdued year, as far as thrash metal happenings, but the Melbourne duo’s…

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