Thrash Metal

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
Date Reviewed: 
04/17/2015
Artist: 
Lighting Bolt
Label: 
LOAD Records

So.. Lighttning Bolt is weird. But not weird in the normal sense. The music is muted and almost far away from you. It's mostly instrumental and almost thrash metal. They are basically a little harder than a punk band but the music is incoherent and the vocals don't match the music. Not only do the vocals sound like they belong with a much softer band, but they are super muted and sound like pure gibberish. While the music is really technical for the guitarist, the bassist and drummer are left with elementary riffs to support the not so there vocals and solos of the guitar.

Sounds Like: 
an awful version of System of a Down
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/26/2015
Artist: 
Pantera
Label: 
Rhino Entertainment Company

This album f***ing rocks, because it is the most extreme album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard top 200, one of the best guitarist who ever lived plays on it, and because it is Pantera's heaviest, brutal, lowest-tuned album ever. Although not their best album, there are still gems on this reissue that are worth rediscovering.

Sounds Like: 
Hellyeah
Sounds Like: 
Damageplan
Sounds Like: 
Down
Name: 
Felipe Moreno
Date Reviewed: 
09/10/2014
Artist: 
Oshiego
Label: 
Horror Pain Gore Death

Oshiego's spin on death metal is rad. Although not afraid to rip faces off with speed and violence, they know how to slow it down to beauty and disgrace. Middle Eastern sounds are riffed in each song which is a welcome sound to death.  At times they can also be very punk as in The Inexorable Monarch. Songs like Black Flags of Khorasan incite listeners while also providing stimulating rhythms. At the same time Companions of the Left Hand is just simply badass. They differently provide a fresh carcass for death fans to devour.

Sounds Like: 
Nile
Sounds Like: 
Decapitated
Name: 
Damian Mason
Date Reviewed: 
09/11/2013
Artist: 
Deathchain
Label: 
Svart Records

Many of these songs are long. Unfortunately, Deathchain struggled to keep my attention throughout pretty much all of these songs. It wasn't for a lack of being able to play their instruments well, it was probably more of a lack of quality song writing. I don't mean to say the songs are bad, just not my style/tempo. The songs don't transition much and tend to continue the same style throughout. Added to this that the album has a tendency to blend together and this is a tough album to listen to in one sitting.

Sounds Like: 
Death
Sounds Like: 
Masterstroke
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
04/03/2013