DEATHSTORM - As Death Awakes - CD - I Hate Records - 2013
Only formed in the year 2010 yet sound like something from the mid-to-late 1980's, this Austrian outfit offers, through the this debut album, a fierce, if juvenile, recording which almost perfectly captures the ultra-hysterical, ultra-violent, almost primitive form of European styled thrash metal. An ode to the origins of the violent type of metal that is so high-pitched and treble-heavy, it verges on the very seam where punk rock, black thrash, black metal and 'classic' thrash / speed metal converge.
Not as heavy or as violent as Hypnosia's 2000 album Extreme Hatred, nor as gritty and skeletal as either Kreator or even Bathory - this record, however, reeks of old times and naivety; it contains some ominous riffs, a lot of repetition, excellent barking vocals and a strong, if not inspired, powerful drumming that plays in high velocities (not too typical to thrash metal, which is, for the most part, played in mid-tempos).
Usually avoiding thrash metal due to its
usually dull musical content, this record is a pleasant surprise. Despite its
somewhat infantile aspects, it is the insanely tight playing, the rare and fresh
dynamics - as well as the fact that the album contains extreme violence yet is sparse
enough to enable the melodies to breath - that make this a perfect homage to the
style's pioneers (if nothing else), and one that is fun to listen to, given the right
circumstances and the right amount of alcohol. (6.5/10)
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