Posts Tagged ‘thrash metal’

The almighty thrash kings Overkill…

Posted by Sat in Views and News
Comments: No Comments | Tags: , , ,

In the mid 80′s, my best friend in junior high Dan always tried to get me into a young band at the time called Overkill. The glam loving fool I was, would not have any of it. Fastforward to 1991, and Overkill released their seminal great “Horrorscope”, and man was I converted. That record reeked of awesomeness. Totally heavy with grooves so deep even Tony Iommi would take notice. The gem on the whole record is the title track “Horrorscope”. The song is basically a slow, grinding, sinister number that still holds up twenty years later.

The secret to this band is the unique, raspy, and oh-so heavy stylings of Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth. The man is one of the best thrash vocalists to ever come out of the 80′s thrash scene. Too bad Bobby has never gotten the recognition he deserves in the metal world. Anyway, check out the track below and tell me different.

 

Exodus – Exhibit B: The Human Condition

Posted by Sat in Reviews
Comments: No Comments | Tags: , , , ,
Exodus – Exhibit B: The Human Condition

Exodus continue marching the  thrash metal path as the true leaders, proven with their new album Exhibit B: The Human Condition. Gary Holt and the boys have done it again by delivering another batch of solid, pure thrash songs to run in a circle with. Exodus since 2004 are on a role, as every album from Tempo Of The Damned on down has been a solid effort.

The songs are not contained in short bursts. Instead the grooves that are locked in are allowed to breath, and flow. Case in point being “Beyond The Pale”, it takes a back seat for a bit, and then goes straight into headbanging thrashdom. Same goes with my new fave Exodus track “The Sun Is My Destroyer”, this song is now the standard upon which other bands will have to match. Another track, “March of The Sycophants” could have easily been off Fabulous Disaster, as it rides the mid-tempo thrash groove that only Exodus can truly pull off. If you’re looking for songs that charter new territory, you’re in the wrong place. Exhibit B is just pure Bay Area thrash circa 1986.

 

Joey Belladonna and his mike stand returning to Anthrax?…

Posted by Sat in Views and News
Comments: No Comments | Tags: , ,

I just found out about the “Joey Belladonna back in Anthrax” rumour. Please for the love of god I hope this doesnt happen. I don’t know if I could take another six months of all the metal websites promoting Anthrax’s new “All Original Member World Tour”.

Charlie and Scott have turned this once fine institution into a laughing stock. Cornerstone thrash metal classics like Among The Living and Persistence Of Time are all that is left of this horse that continues to be mercilessly beaten about once a year. I mostly feel sorry for the hardcore Anthrax fans who have to put up with this back and fourth lead vocalist nonsense every twelve months. They do not deserve to be punished like this, especially through all the years of loyalty given, mostly during the lean times (1994-2000).

I was never a big John Bush fan, but I preferred his raspy voice over the Steve Perry influenced singing style of Joey B. Plus John doesn’t carry around that heinous half mike stand that Joey keeps to his chest on stage. How long can the remaining members keep doing this back and fourth vocal spot drama?….for as long as it takes till eventually nobody starts caring.

 

Thrashing in Japan…

Posted by Sat in Views and News
Comments: No Comments | Tags: , , , ,

If you’re a thrash fan living in Japan, then here is some news that will get you doing the toxic waltz right about now. The tour is dubbed Extreme Dojo & will hit three cities in Japan this spring. The bill consists of the three new school thrash bands on the scene right now….Toxic Holocaust, Municipal Waste, & Warbringer.  These three bands are all unique in their own way, even though they have all been lumped in the thrash genre. Toxic Holocaust mix Pleasure of the Flesh style thrash with a lil of the ol sloppy, Hellhammerish black metal. Warbringer is more of a fun, D.R.I crossover angle. While Warbringer is straight up Defiance, & Paul Baloff era Exodus.