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  1. The debut album by Death Defy, a death metal band from Belarus, includes 3 cover songs of Sepultura, Six Feet Under and Amon Amarth and 3 self-composed tracks. Free download at Bandcamp https://deathdefy.bandcamp.com/album/portal-to-immortals Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks for listening!
  2. Denver Colorado based thrash band Havok is back with their aptly titled fifth studio album, “V”. Perhaps the forerunner of the thrash resurgence of the late 2000s/early 2010s, Havok made a name for themselves early on, quickly gaining a following with their first two records, “Burn” and “Time is Up.” “V” has been a highly anticipated release for Havok, as it marks an important moment in their discography. Its no secret to the metal community that Havok has been somewhat in the shadow of their 2011 album “Time is Up”. By far their most popular record, their live set still consists of 3-5 songs from that album - almost 10 years and 2-3 releases later - with albums like “Burn” and “Unnatural Selection” at most seeing a single song of representation (which is a shame, “Burn” had a very distinct style, great song structures, and a plethora of unique moments; its a vastly underrated album). “Time is Up” was a brutally fast, tightly crafted, expertly performed thrash release that had a “Havok” flair. In roughly 40-45 minutes they covered a large amount of ground in the thrash territory, and had established their dominance in the scene as one of the tightest and most talented groups. However, it left little room for a follow up in that space - Havok needed to try new ideas and elements, and push more into their own voice. Unfortunately, “Unnatural Selection” featured very little experimentation, and “Conformicide” - while it did try new things on certain songs like “Ingsoc” - largely fell into the same space, with songs like “Claiming Certainty”, “Circling the Drain”, and “Wake Up.” Enter “V” - an album that both hits and misses the mark. The good news is that the band is trying many new ideas, while still delivering them in the Havok way. For starters, the song structures have been broken out of their typical formula, featuring a range from shorter, to longer and more narrative in format. David Sanchez’s vocals are simultaneously more shrill and more melodic, with sections of screams and singing being overlaid together. Songs have been extremely slowed down, featuring heavy grooves rather than intense speed. There are funky slap bass riffs again, and passages of melodic harmonies and acoustic guitars. Progressive elements - similar to those that, before, appeared solely on the track “Ingsoc” - are mixed in throughout. Some of the lyrics have moved towards a more thoughtful writing style, and are less “on the nose” as previous albums. The mix has is different as well; there is extra space between the instruments, and as a result each one now has more room to breathe, bringing the bass and drums to be the forefront. The musicianship as well is spot on. Reece Scruggs’ solos are fast, feature cleanly executed taps and picking runs, and are catchier than usual. And as always, Pete Webber’s drumming is fantastic; precise, powerful, and with lots of flair, Pete is one of the best drummers of our time. The fact that he doesn’t use triggers makes it all just that much more enjoyable. The biggest downside of the album, is that even though there are these great ideas bouncing around, the band just struggles to pull them together cohesively. Many ideas feel unpolished, as if they ran with the first draft of a song, not stopping to fully refine or polish it. And overall the majority of the tracks lack a hook; they fail to hit the moment that truly grabs you, that will get stuck in your head and keep you coming back. The end result is a collection of songs that meld together rather than feeling distinct. If the riffs had been pushed further, and the song structures tweaked to deliver more clarity, the record could have been much more impactful. All that being said, there is still a strong and unique voice here. Elements are starting to feel unique to Havok; if you were to hear a song out of context you wouldn’t say, “that sounds like a Slayer riff”, you’d say “that sounds like a Havok riff.” Even if this isn’t their most polished release, it does indicate their footing is secure and that they intend to push themselves moving forward.
  3. Full length number 19 from overkill certainly makes a splash in the energy stakes, I mean there's some modern thrash bands that are a good two decades younger than Overkill who can only hope to achieve the levels of spunk that New Jersey's finest produce here. That in itself is an achievement, for a band of Overkill's stature and reputation to be able to still sound relevant four decades into their career is no mean feat. Even in the albums weaker moments it never gets redundant and the energy levels remain high. There's a real sense of a band in a state of some renewed vigour, helped in no small part by the addition of Jason Bittner on drums. The former Flotsam & Jetsam skinsman is nothing short of superb throughout "The Wings of War" and seems to have squeezed a little extra out of the rest of his peers. The album kicks of with a great build to opening track "Last Man Standing" and for the first 4 tracks of the album the Overkill crew stomp, bash and groove their way to a solid level of consistency. The lead work is of particular note and Blitz sounds as sneery and scathing as ever. The album is well produced and mixed too with all parts of the thrash machine audible as the five piece hammer away at your skull with the usual blend of chugging riffs and infectious anthems. It isn't even all thrash either, one thing that is also obvious in abundance here is the melody present throughout all 10 tracks. There are weak moments as mentioned but they are more a victim of how good the strong tracks are. In it's own right "Distortion" is a solid enough - if not slightly varied a journey from the last offering - but it just doesn't stand up well against a "Bat Shit Crazy" or a "Head of a Pin". As the album draws to a close you get the increasing impression that the last few tracks are rescued really by some great solos and stomping skin work which is a shame because trimming of a couple of tracks may have made this less obvious. That having been said, last track "Hole in My Soul" is a cracking finisher. As I said though, the energy level is consistently high and there's a real sense of the band having created something they can be really proud of. I am scoring this a 4 out of 5 just for the fact that even at the mediocre stages the album is still another great example of the old guard giving a Metal Music 101 lesson to all aspiring young metal bands out there. 4/5
  4. What an incredible slab of thrash from these New Jersey legends. Released in 2012, "The Electric Age" comes 27 years after these masters of thrash unloaded their debut album "Feel the Fire" upon the metal world. For these guys to still be releasing such quality material at this advanced stage of their career is a true testament to their talent and innovativeness. Without further delay, let's dive into these tracks: "Come and Get It" - Once again, these guys come at the listener with full force to open an album. This track begins with an ominous intro that builds and builds until the band breaks into an all-out speed attack. The guitar work is incredible here, with a pounding rhythm section and some face-melting solos. Mr. Ron Lipnicki also cannot go unmentioned behind the drum kit. Clocking in at 6:17 long, this song sets the listener up nicely for what is to come. "Electric Rattlesnake" - Perhaps one of the most recognizable tracks from Overkill's recent output, this one also clocks in at over 6 minutes in length. And if you thought they might take their foot off the gas for a moment following the blistering opener, think again. These guys continue the killer thrash attack on this one. The chorus for this one is particularly notable, as Blitz employs his menacing growl when he says "More...than you can take...!" The song also takes an interesting turn, as the cadence and pace are changed up a bit in the middle section. More killer solos are in store here, and the band's talents are all on full display. "Wish You Were Dead" - Back to the theme of strong intros, this one kicks off with an intense build-up that culminates in Bobby Blitz unleashing a throat-ripping scream as the guitars and drums kick into high gear. Another very well-placed solo section beefs up this track even more. "Black Daze" - In terms of pace, we get our first break in the action on the 4th track. But by no means is that to say that it isn't a heavy song. It very much is. This one carries a Pantera vibe, being more groove-oriented. Even though it's the second-shortest song on the album, it still packs quite a punch and contains some of Blitz's best vocal work. Great track. "Save Yourself" - This one is another short track - the shortest on the album, in fact. The vocals particularly stand out on this track, with some cool backing vocals that are quite melodic to complement Blitz in certain sections. It also has another trademark vicious scream from Blitz toward the end. More great soloing on this one, too. "Drop the Hammer Down" - Back to another track that clocks in at more than 6 minutes, this one is a personal favorite for me. The pace is blistering from start to finish and really pulls the listener in right away. I'm beginning to sound like a broken record at this point, but the guitar work and the drums are top-notch once again. "21st Century Man" - This one might have my favorite chorus on the entire album. During this section, the pace slows to a bit more of a groove, although it's still upbeat. Just another fantastic track with energy and an incredible level of musicianship. "Old Wounds, New Scars" - A song with the most humorous chorus on the album, this one kicks off with a great build-up before diving head-long into the thrash madness. The drums really drive this track for most of its duration. Just something about the way Blitz shouts "brand new scars!!" gets the listener ready to take on the world. Again, another fantastic track. "All Over But the Shouting" - This one is probably one of the most aggressive tracks on the album (although they all are to some extent). This is another instance of a very memorable chorus, as the the guitars thunder even more loudly and the drums pound more fiercely as Blitz shouts "all over but the shouting now!" and "careful what you wish for, you may get it now!!" This one would have been a great one to end the album on, but they managed to pick an even better way to end it. "Good Night" - Wow, what a way to close this thrashterpiece. The song begins with an incredibly mellow, melodic intro, which is absolutely genius in its intention of lulling the listener into a state of relaxation...only to pummel the listener as the song really takes off. This is an aggressive guitar-driven song that really showcases (for the thousandth time) the depth of talent in this guitar duo of Dave Linsk and Derek "The Skull" Tailer. I can't think of a more perfect album ender than this one, with Blitz menacingly whispering "GOOD NIGHT" as the final note is hit. To sum it all up, this album is absolutely incredible. I'm a huge Overkill fan, and I own their entire discography. "The Electric Age" is my favorite one of them all. It does not let up at a single moment throughout. Blitz is in top form, and the aforementioned guitar duo of Linsk and Tailer deserve every bit of praise that they receive for the technical precision and mastery of their instruments that they've displayed here. And no worries, I won't forget to mention a huge piece to the puzzle, which is founding member DD Verni's bass work. This guy is an absolute beast, who may not get as much credit as he deserves due to the instrument that he plays. But he is as great as they come. His bass sound is very distinct and prominent on just about all of their releases. These thrash legends have 19 albums in their catalog at the time of this post, and we're set to get another album (their 20th) in February of 2022, as far as is known right now. They have a ton of classics and have never released a truly bad album, and they're the gold standard of thrash metal, as far as I'm concerned. No one has been consistent for as long as these guys have. Needless to say, I HIGHLY recommend this absolute masterpiece of an album. Rock on, fellow metalheads!
  5. Welcome to all metalheads and rockers from all around the world. I'd like to share my channel where I perform drums cover from rock to metal music with a web application called "Virtual Drumming" which allow to play drums with a keyboard. This project is something which I do for fun in the free time so please don't consider the performance much seriously. I'd like to meet people who enjoy these kind of music and to spend good time together. I hope you will enjoy the channel, if you like, please let me know and I hope you will have fun! 🤘 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQP_xmgJQsabKjcmLw-4FlA/videos
  6. Summoned to DIe is looking for a drummer for an upcoming album. Main influences from the band are mostly old school death metal bands (Death, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Obituary, Morbid Angel and so on). The band is currently signed to a distribution deal (not a record deal...yet) You can find the first album on all streaming platforms. Rest assured, the next album will be MILES better than the previous, with better and more brutal material as the members have grown in skill in the previous years. We are looking for both part time and full time drummers, if you just want to sit in and be apart of the creation of this album, that is totally cool with us if you live in a different part of the world for example. Hoping for a response
  7. Hello both Thrash metal lover, the new thrash metal band name CHAOS INVADED from Hong Kong, released their first song. Hope everyone will like and enjoy this ! Please feel free to leave any cm to band page and youtube channel \m/ Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv_eMGt3PVY FB : https://www.facebook.com/chaosinvaded IG : https://instagram.com/chaos_invaded?igshid=1exsiedcmi3k5
  8. Hello, me and the lead guitarist for our band have just encountered a major problem, our drummer quit. So we are looking for a drummer and that plays Thrash/Death metal. Our band, Deviation, has been around since August of 2020 in the city of Plano, TX. Erik S. Is rythm guitar and vocals, Austyn B. is lead guitar. We NEED TO meet in a public place BEFORE the first band meet. Our insperations are: Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, Obituary, Death, ect. We are looking for people who will hopefully be commited to the band. We hope to someday play gigs and record an album or two, but for now, we are looking for members who fit in. Extra info: We are looking for people between the ages of 14-18, with experience with your insturment. The drummer needs to be able to do some double bass.
  9. Decided to cover this the way they played it in the early 90s. Its more fun this way! Thanks for watching!
  10. Hi fellas! Greetings from Russia. Feel free to share your thoughts! Watch our new music video: Hard-hitting band from Mother Russia which dares to explore all kinds of metal and beyond while still keeping it driven to the limit. Call it thrash or groove or melodic death or metalcore or progressive or anything else - genres doesn't really matter when you bang your head like a beast. We are independent so we need your support! Preorder new album with merch: https://seversun.bandcamp.com Website: https://seversun.ru/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seversun Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seversunmetal
  11. I’m a young musician looking for anyone between the ages of 15-19 who are interested in an online metal project. This is a project just for fun. I have been writing music for a bout 2-3 years now and I want to be able to record something.
  12. California based thrash band Warbringer is back with their 6th studio album; “Weapons of Tomorrow”, the first to feature new bass player, Chase Bryant. Warbringer hails from the thrash resurgence era, during which time it had become temporarily trendy to be in a thrash band. However, unlike other bands in the scene, Warbringer was far more than just a torch-bearer of the past, as they brought an new hyper-aggressive approach to thrash, with a plethora of groove and brutality. Warbringer, along with bands such as Havok and Revocation took the genre in a new direction, one that feels distinct from the 80’s scenes. Overall, “Weapons of tomorrow” is a strong but rather “expected” Warbringer release. The band does try things - and while there is a core of impactful songs- much of the record feels like an extension of 2017’s “Woe to the Vanquished”. One piece of the puzzle that falls flat on this album are the shorter and more typical “thrashy” songs, such as “Unraveling” or “Power Unsurpassed”. These stay much within the Warbringer “box”; very typical of their riff style, very safe song structure, and not many new elements being experimented with. While the performances are good, the overall compositions lack energy and feel a bit uninspired when compared to previous works such as “Woe to the Vanquished”, “Worlds Torn Asunder” or “Waking into Nightmares.” Perhaps one of the best things about the aforementioned “Woe to the Vanquished” was the closer “When the Guns Fell Silent”. Long and theatrical were new aspects for Warbinger, who up until that point, had mostly stuck with the short and fast thrash bangers; however the band pulled it off flawlessly, delivering a fantastic and captivating tale that built up tension till the grand finale. Coming in at 11:11, the song barely felt its length and was enjoyable the whole time. Their songwriting style translated surprisingly well into a more winding and narrative format, featuring lots of emotional harmonies and reflective mid tempo riffs. This ability to be diverse helped separate themselves from other thrash acts. On “Weapons of Tomorrow” fortunately, this element is back in full force. Heard in songs such as “Defiance of Fate” where once again we get the epic lament of war, featuring longer passages of clean guitars and lots of catchy and melancholy riffs. “Glorious End” is another song that partially borrows this structure, entering with reflective and inspiring harmonies, hitting hard with faster thrash riffs in the middle, and finally building up into an epic and trudging climax where our protagonist falls, bringing the album to a thematically close. Perhaps the most standout feature of the performances on “Weapons of Tomorrow” are the vocals. John Kevill’s vocals are always strikingly intense; however this time they are back with a bit of a twist, as there is now a very palpable black metal influence. John conjures up a raspy, grasping, and aggressive screech, with lots of high screams, gritty snarls and even some deranged laughter. The vocals fit the ongoing themes of the “glory” and brutality of war perfectly, delivered almost as if someone was barking commands on a battlefield. While the production here is not as heavy as some of their previous albums, it is still quite good. On the bad side; the guitars and drums do feel a tad thin, and the bass could stand to be more audible. On the good side; the mix does put a spotlight on the vocals, which have been brought quite prominently to the front. This, when combined with the expressive performances of John Kevill, helps to personalize and emphasize the themes of the human experience of war and death. A solid thrash album; although some of the traditional style elements may have worn out their welcome at this point, there are still new ideas mixed that keep it fresh and exciting.
  13. Please dudes, i need help. On september 6, there is going to be a fucking awesome metal festival that i intend to go, and i am very exited because this never happens in my country. The problem is, i am underaged and my dad would have to take me. And i woudn't care at all if this was the only thing, but there are going to be Pornogrind, Black Metal and the least "worst", thrash metal (EXODUS IS PLAYING FUCK YEA). I don't know how to show him the lineup and shit... im scared that he shows the pornogrind stuff to my mom and i get grounded for a year for being "satanic and problematic" or whataever. PLZ HELP
  14. Looking for a metal drummer. Blast beats, double bass, fast tempos, etc. Influences include Death, Nile, Havok, Gojira, etc. NY/NJ area. The band: https://youtu.be/y5KETyjZbNk https://youtu.be/2dEYigmRTr4 Thanks!
  15. I was wondering for longtime metal fans to tell me which bands are completely awful live. I've heard of a couple, like Mastodon and Nile, but what do you guys think?
  16. Hi. This is thrash/black metal band Arwat from Croatia with it's first EP. Until there are videos for every song and a bandcamp release, we made this youtube video with every song. Check it out, and give us feedback, it would mean a lot to us. Thanks!
  17. Hello fellow metalheads Here's the first story of One More Page with our debut album "Illusion of Duality" starting with Shamanic Ritual (YouTube listeners should activate subtitles) and following with the self named title "Illusion of Duality". 10 songs to challenge different angles of our perception in life. We are expecting an honest interaction where you can either bash it with desire or caress with care or anything between those extremes. Hope you to lose yourself in it Here's the Spotify link for the full album --> Here is the full album on YouTube... (Turn on Turkish subtitles for both Turkish and English subtitles) ... and also our YouTube channel where you can find live performances, single tracks and our music videos. Thank you for stopping by for some metal \m/ Waiting your comments
  18. Hi all, I am new on this forum so be kind lol. I play bass for a Thrash Metal covers band called Phantom Lords, we are a loose tribute to the Big 4 as well as other bands, we are playing at O'rileys in Hull on the 16th Feb (this month) and it would be nice to see some of you guys in attendance, we also have a support band called Sleaze Demons. You can find out more about Phantom lords at https://phantomlordsmusic.wixsite.com/mysite I know its a Wix site lol but that's all we can afford at the moment, we also have a facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/PhantomLords/ Hope to see some of you there Thanks for reading
  19. Hi everyone! A few months ago I began listening to Kreator, a thrash metal band from Germany. These folks have been around since the 80s, and they have COUNTLESS great songs, which in my opinion could not be described better than PURE EARGASMS! In one weekend or two I got 30+ of their songs! Here are some of my favorite songs by Kreator: Death Becomes My Light - https://bit.ly/2RPtZKk All The Same Blood - https://bit.ly/2B5n2zl Enemy of God - https://bit.ly/2RTXryY Support these amazing and talented guys by checking their albums (my favorites): Enemy of God (Perhaps their best album to date) - https://amzn.to/2Dk3vws Gods of Violence - https://amzn.to/2ROOAhV Violent Revolution - https://amzn.to/2T7KsuN Phantom Antichrist - https://amzn.to/2K1GNuD Endorama - https://amzn.to/2K0ZeiY I wish you an enjoyful listening, and hope to get your comments, RandomMetalFan
  20. We are Feel No Pain, a thrash metal band from Spain, and we have just released a new E.P. called Into The Chaos, just an intro and 3 songs, but enough to blow you away! We are heavily influenced by epic thrash like old Metallica/Sepultura/Slayer, but with plenty of guitar harmonies á la Iron Maiden/In Flames, and with some death metal hints in the vocals and the drums, there´s no limits! Here is the amazing cover by french artist Remy Cooper Here is a crazy lyric video we made, for the song Sky Burial And here the playlist of the E.P. in streaming in Youtube Hope you enjoy it, follow us on Facebook if you wanna stay updated! Feel No Pain on Facebook
  21. Hi Everyone! We are Needless, a hungarian death/thrash band. Our new music video is out, have a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo3QQHpuiZ0 If you liked it, our EP is also available:http:// https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjIpTnobusc&t=747sSupport us on social media sites: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/needlesshun/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officialneedlessMany thanks for your attention! Stay heavy AF!
  22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qBuSjUYR6I This is a video from the recording sessions of our forthcoming album. ♦ Recording members: Aggelos Karatzas - Drums Stamatis Zografos - Rhythm and Classical Guitars Petros Peridis - Lead Guitars Vasilis Christodoulou - Bass/Lead and Back Vocals ► Drums recorded between 1st and 8th of April 2017 at Devasoundz Studios, Athens, Greece. ► Guitars (Rhythms, Leads) and Bass recorded between 4th of July and 29th of August 2017 at Acid Fury's Home Studio, Athens, Greece. ► Vocals recorded between 26th of December 2017 and 15th of January 2018 at Fragile Studio, Athens, Greece. ♦ Follow Acid Fury: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Acid.FuryGr/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/acid_fury/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/acid_fury?lang=el ♦ Contact the band: [email protected]
  23. Who are traditionally considered the “Big 4” of Thrash Metal?
  24. Appreciate it guys: Any thoughts on this? I'm pretty proud of it in terms of production.
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