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AUDIOPAIN - The Switch to Turn Off Mankind - CD - Vendlus - 2008

review by: Larissa Glasser

This is the most original and exciting thrash metal since Whiplashís Power and Pain, which came out over twenty years ago. Audiopain hails from Oslo, Norway, and just blows the skin off of me (despite their slightly unfortunate moniker). This is some avowed, no-frills, long hair blurring, beer-in-hand, old-school thrash metal. Itís so great to come upon something that reminds you of what hooked you on metal in the first place.

My only problem with the CD is that itís over too damn fast! But if youíve got the CD on loop, it can start all over again and be none the worse for it. Thatís only PART of what makes it rule so hard.

From proto-Motorhead opener "Hellbound," to the even more crossover sounding "Cobra Dance," this band immerses you in a fugue state.

Audiopain maintain incessant momentum for all six tracks on this release, from trill to trill. Hyperactive pummeling rules on title track "The Switch to Turn off Mankind," and the math blues groove on "Termination Fields" is the slam dunk of 2008.

Samples and information on Audiopain are relatively sparse online, so youíre just going to have to trust momma on this ó The Switch to Turn Off Mankind has such a Kill ĎEm All-iness to it, itís never really over. (9.5/10)

 

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AFFINITY
Origins: The Ba

ANCIENT GREASE
Women and Child

ANSUR
Warring Faction

ANTAEUS/AOSOTH
Wrath of the Ev

ARSIS
We Are the Nigh

ASHEN REIGN
Immortality

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The Switch to T

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