Thrash Metal

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
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
11/04/2015
Artist: 
Hatchet
Label: 
The End

Not sure what I was going to get out of these guys, but the awesome album art was preaching good omens. "Hatchet" is relatively new Thrash Metal band from the Bay Area. "Fear Beyond Lunacy" is their third studio release to date, and man was it really thrashy. It is basically a blast from the past, as these guys are clearly influenced by acts like Exodus, Testament, Death Angel, etc. I really digged the guitar sound on this record, it is extremely heavy yet still maintaining that raw, face bashing attitude.

Sounds Like: 
Exodus
Sounds Like: 
Testament
Sounds Like: 
Early Man
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
10/28/2015
Artist: 
Grave Digger
Label: 
Napalm

The veteran German metal group "Grave Digger" returns for yet another studio release entitled "Exhumation (The Early Years)". However, this is simply a collection of their old songs from back in the 80's, re- recorded for a fresher, more modern sound. This record contains all of Digger's most memorable, epic songs from the beginning. The only original member on this release is vocalist Chris Boltendahl. Axel Ritt does all the electric guitar work, and his sound is much heavier and cleaner than Digger's older sound, which was much thrashier and raw.

Sounds Like: 
Iced Earth
Sounds Like: 
Saxon
Sounds Like: 
Manowar
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
10/28/2015
Artist: 
Satan
Label: 
Listenable Records

Satan truly is immortal. This five-man heavy metal/speed metal band, starting as early as 1979 in the landscape of British New Metal, helped build the modern genre of speed metal with their quick distorted guitar runs and breakneck pace. Through their long history, they've survived several name changes and band member switchups. For most bands these complications are a death sentence. For Satan, it made "Life Sentence," a fantastic speed metal LP released in 2013 after a decade and a half of inactivity.

Sounds Like: 
Raven
Sounds Like: 
Cloven Hoof
Name: 
Cullen Walsh
Date Reviewed: 
10/21/2015
Artist: 
Chemical Burn
Label: 
MegaSonic

This sounds like anything Pantera has ever released. Now mix that in with a Metallica type rhythm sections that are tuned down with some distortion, and this record appears. "Raining Anvils" by the California based group "Chemical Burn" features very little creativity enmeshed with a bad attitude. I will give this record some credit however, it is very heavy and catchy; yet the issue with me (and probably the vast majority of listeners) will find obvious and almost annoying similarities with Pantera's old groove metal sound.

Sounds Like: 
Pantera
Sounds Like: 
Metallica
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
09/30/2015
Artist: 
Gruesome
Label: 
Relapse Records

Gruesome is a combination made up of Daniel Gonzalez from Possessed, Gus Rios from Create A Kill, Matt Harvey from Exhumed, and Robin Mazen from Trash Attack. A while ago I did a review on Exhumed, and they weren't that great. But Gruesome sounds like Exhumed realized what they were doing wrong and got their act together. The lead singer for both Exhumed and Gruesome finally found a band that can complement his serious growling voice perfectly. The guitarist and drummer are on the same page and super heavy, super thrash metal and it’s a great sound.

Sounds Like: 
Arise
Sounds Like: 
Exhumed
Name: 
Alexis Walker