Judas Priest – The Hellion
Judas Priest – Electric Eye
Hour Of 13 – Upon Black Wings We Die
Acid Witch – Witchblood Cult
The Sword – The Black River
Crowbar – Falling While Rising
Overkill – Rotten To The Core
Havok – Fatal Intervention
Black Fast – To Propagate The Void
Dissection – The Somberlain
Abigail Williams – The Departure
Kataklysm – As Death Lingers
Tyrannosorceress – Haunting Black Infinity
Vio-Lence – Eternal Nightmare
Municipal Waste – Slime And Punishment
Church Of Misery – B.T.K. (Dennis Rader) [request]
Bolt Thrower – Entrenched
Skelethal – Spectral Cemetery
Eluveitie – Helvetios
Celesty – Battle Of Oblivion
Primal Fear – Lightyears From Home
Iced Earth – Seven Headed Whore
Goatwhore – Forsaken
Dying Fetus – Fixated On Devastation
Dying Fetus – Panic Amongst The Herd
Dying Fetus – Die With Integrity
Dying Fetus – Reveling In The Abyss
Dying Fetus – Seething With Disdain
Dying Fetus – Ideological Subjugation
Dying Fetus – Weaken The Structure
Dying Fetus – Fallacy
Dying Fetus – Unmitigated Detestation
Dying Fetus – Wrong One To Fuck With
Fellwarden – Guardians Unbound
Vintersorg – Tusenåriga Stråk
Solbrud – Besat Af Morke
Inquisition – Cosmic Invocation Rites
Dio – Last In Line
King Diamond – The Invisible Guests
Amorphis – Hopeless Days
Ensiferum – Victory Song
While Heaven Wept – The Furthest Shore
Thee After Hourz:
We’re back live after last week’s prerecorded show, and with it is the patented awkwardness of me fumbling through our finicky system. It’s as if the system is a host from Westworld and it’s in the beginning stages of evolving into a fully-conscious killing machine. We’ll get this down eventually.
The Metal Alliance Tour was recently announced and it’s as if they personally asked me what 3 active (We wish Vektor a speedy hiatus) thrash bands would I most want to tour. Overkill to me is the thrash band with the best overall discography. Most thrash bands make 1 “classic” album in the 80’s, maybe a couple other good-okay ones, chug along the late 90’s and 2000’s hopelessly trying to recapture the Pantera wave, sometimes stop playing thrash altogether, then make a mediocre, “You-Tried” return-to-roots album within the past 10 years. Overkill on the other hand has released 10 or so great albums, 4 of which are their most recent releases. To put things in perspective: you can divide their discography in half and they’d still be among the best thrash bands. No other classic thrash band’s recent discography even comes close to Overkill’s last 4 albums. Sure, even Overkill wasn’t immune to the groove plague that infected thrash bands in the Pantera-era, but they have always been undeniably thrash. Bobby still has that same mischievous voice that makes you want to raise hell, D.D. still plays those groovy basslines, and Overkill as a whole still write memorable riffs. Overkill has unlocked the recipe of writing good thrash songs and perfected it over the ages.
The younger guys make me excited for the future of thrash. 10 years ago I thought thrash had no future at all, and that the genre had been content with recreating 90’s era Slayer and Exodus, plodding through the tired thrash tropes. Havok and Black Fast are breaths of fresh air, combining the classic thrash attitude with technical aspects and inspired songwriting. Havok reflects the more youthful, fun-side of thrash, like a Peace Sells-era Megadeth. Black Fast represents the technical evolution of thrash, meticulously crafting chaos fueled by tons of youthful energy, reminiscent of Death. If you haven’t checked out To Propagate the Void, do yourself a favor and listen to it now. Or we could do help you out with that sometime down the road *hint*.
I just made it sound like I have a vendetta against neothrash. I really don’t, I just felt like for a while these new bands couldn’t carry the the weight that the classic bands passed on. That said, I enjoyed the newest Municipal Waste release Slime and Punishment and will give it a fewer listens to determine if it’s feature-worthy.
Speaking of feature-worthy, this week had some big-name releases such as Dying Fetus, Goatwhore, and the aforementioned Municipal Waste. Dying Fetus won out, but Goatwhore is just as good (expect to hear more in the future!) Dying Fetus continues to release some of the most brutal metal with Wrong One To Fuck With and it’s definitely up there among the most aggressive, angry albums I’ve heard all year.
That’s all for now folks. Thank you for reading, and see you next Thursday.