Thrash Metal

Artist: 
Dead Cross
Label: 
Ipecac Records

Dead Cross, and their album Dead Cross, give us a glimpse into the anger and hatred that brings out the loudest and grittiest screams in all of us. With a flurry of fast-paced sound and hard-hitting vocals, Dead Cross’s first track Seizure and Desist drops you right into the band’s pooled rage at the system, and makes your blood jump with high overtones and contrasting dark sounds. While a good half of this album has words disallowed on air, that doesn’t mean the songs themselves are without merit.

Sounds Like: 
Head Wound City
Sounds Like: 
United Nations
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017
Artist: 
OVTLIVE
Label: 
Solid State Records

The band Ovtlive is one of the better metal bands I've come across, as one of the better-produced and well-developed albums, Demon Hunter, so accurately exemplifies. The album is slightly monotonous, as the tracks tend to sound similar, but each song has slight variations that make the sounds wholly unique. As I've said, the music itself is well-produced and melodic, with alternating patterns of heavy riffs and smooth vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Xmilk
Sounds Like: 
Rain on the Parade
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
Artist: 
Dead Earth Politics
Label: 
Pavement Entertainment

The Mobius Hammersmith is Dead Earth Politics' most recent release that has five new songs on it plus two bonus tracks that are from previous EP's. After listening to this album I don't feel like I have much to say about it. I thought all of the songs were fine and I didn't end up disliking any of them. None of them really stood out from the crowd to me, but that doesn't mean they are bad. This album has unique sounding vocals that I liked that sounded kind of gravelly and rough.

Sounds Like: 
Rigor Mortis
Sounds Like: 
Child Bite
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2017
Artist: 
Warbringer
Label: 
Napalm Records

Warbringer's Woe to the Vanquished is probably one of the best albums to come my way this semester. With a nice mix of heavy metal and thrash sound, Warbringer pulls off a relatively well-rounded album. Each track is unique, from lyrical content to general sound, and the transitions within are smooth and sound fantastic. The unique guitar solos and heavy bass behind each song is contrasted by the lead singer's high-hitting vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Exodus
Sounds Like: 
Toxic Holocaust
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
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