Thrash Metal

Artist: 
Havok
Label: 
Century Media

Conformicide is Havok's fourth album and I have never heard any of their previous albums so I can't compare it to any of their older stuff but to be quite honest I didn't really like this album. I don't really enjoy most trash metal so it's not necessarily Havok's fault but this album is just full or decently long songs which isn't something I usually like. The songs on this album ranged usually from five to seven minutes and five minutes is about when I start losing interest in almost any song.

Sounds Like: 
Warbringer
Sounds Like: 
Exmortus
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
03/13/2017
Artist: 
Kreator
Label: 
Nuclear Blast Records

German thrash legends Kreator are back with their fifteenth studio album Gods of Violence and this is the namesake single, and it is badass to say the very least. When it comes to thrash, it's easy to find stuff that is very bland and unexciting, at least in the younger bands trying to break into the genre. This is absolutely not the case with Kreator, since they have been doing this for 35 years. This track is a thrash masterpiece, with ripping breakdowns, unrelenting vocals, and a sound that makes you want to destroy things indiscriminantly.

Sounds Like: 
Slayer
Sounds Like: 
Children of Bodom
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Sepultura
Label: 
Nuclear Blast Records

Back with their fourteenth studio album Machine Messiah, Sepultura is back rocking the charts with their single "I Am The Enemy." Short, sweet, and to the point, Sepultura is giving the fans everything they should come to expect from such a legendary band. The song hits very hard and is ideal for use in any metal show. It's Sepultura, and regardless of what you think of the Cavalera drama and the issue that a lot of fans have with the current Sepultura lineup, this is a solid track that sounds distinctly heavy and fucking rules.

Sounds Like: 
Older Sepultura
Sounds Like: 
Slayer
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Metallica
Label: 
Blackened

I hung onto this album for a long time....way longer than I was supposed to. Partly because of winter break, but partly because I really wanted to give it a full listen. The music of my childhood consisted primarily of Metallica, AC/DC, Godsmack, and funnily enough, Fleetwood Mac. I, like most self-respecting fans of the rock genre and all its rich history and variations, love their circa 1980's albums. It was definitely their prime, and recent releases have deviated from that path, much to the dismay of Metallica fans worldwide.

Sounds Like: 
Metallica
Sounds Like: 
Avenged Sevenfold
Name: 
Jacqui Kientzler
Date Reviewed: 
01/23/2017
Artist: 
Testament
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

I really enjoyed Brotherhood of the Snake. I can be kind of picky when it comes to thrash metal, but I really enjoyed this song. The lyrics for the song are really good. I absolutely loved the beginning of this song, it is probably my favourite part. The lyric video was also great. You could see the lyrics clearly, and the art was cool. Although if you have epilepsy like myself I suggest watching with caution. Definitely listen to the song, though, and watch the video. If you enjoy good thrash metal  give this song a chance. 

Sounds Like: 
Death Angel
Sounds Like: 
Exodus
Name: 
Arabella Cavazos
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2016
Artist: 
Death Angel
Label: 
Nuclear Blast Records

Old school thrash metallers Death Angel are back with their eighth studio album The Evil Divide and this track is the first single off of the album. "The Moth" seems to me to be quintessential Death Angel. For younger bands, or bands just starting up, the sound of true thrash metal solidified by the early greats of the genre is extremely hard to replicate, and this single shows why. Death Angel knows exactly what they're doing and produces some truly outstanding thrash in a world where many bands who try to do the same miss the mark entirely.

Sounds Like: 
Anthrax
Sounds Like: 
Bathory
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
04/15/2016
Artist: 
Degradead
Label: 
Metalville

I was really surprised with this album! At the beginning the whole album seems like it will just be screaming the entire album, which there is quite a bit of, but there is also a lot of audible singing that creates a nice flow between the two variations of vocals. Vocally, I feel like this album is really strong!

Sounds Like: 
The Devil Wears Prada - has the strong instrumentalists with the mix of different types of vocals. Totally metal
Name: 
David Stallings
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2016
Artist: 
Gehennah
Label: 
Metal Blade

This album starts out really promising with an idea of not being a poser and anti-establishment ideals. But this 12 track album becomes really repetitive really quickly. Its trash metal and sounds like Motörhead but a really disappointing and bland Motörhead. This is good for a metal show and if you want one decent thrash song but I don’t think this would be good to play as a whole album. If you pull songs out of it, they can be good but I don’t think a whole album was needed.

Sounds Like: 
Motörhead
Sounds Like: 
generic rock that you would hear on Rock 102.1
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2016
Artist: 
Incite
Label: 
I Scream Music

Ok, this album was released in 2009. I don't know how it ended up in the stacks at KAMP student radio in the year 2015, but I will do my duty as a DJ and review it anyway. "Incite" is a Phoenix area based band that plays Pantera-style groove metal, with numerous thrash elements that appear throughout the record. It basically sounds like some badass, southwest anger. This is a great quality to bear for metal listeners like me, but for death/black metal fans, this is nothing short of disappointment.

Sounds Like: 
Machine Head
Sounds Like: 
Pantera