In the nineties, Switzerland’s GURD was the counterpart of the big US Modern Thrash Metal bands such as PANTERA, MACHINE HEAD or PRONG. With their eighth album, “Bang!”, the guys around band leader V.O. Pulver (vocals/guitars) prove that they are still able to kick some ass in the new millennium.
Upon the first spin of „Bang!“ I was not particularly excited because some of the tunes did not click with me right away. By now I have listened to the album several times and discovered several song jewels. First, there is the title track whose name tells you what it is about. Bang your head is the name of the game here. Furthermore, I really enjoyed the stomping “Black Money” (like “Outcast”-era KREATOR) or the very modern “Wish”, which is somewhat speedier. The BLACK SABBATH cover “Children Of The Grave”, which features a former fellow of V.O. Pulver, Andre Grieder (vocalist of POLTERGEIST, GURD’s predecessor), is well-done, too. What turned out to be an absolute killer song to my mind, however, is the ingenious closer “The Storm”. This song has fast parts that are reminiscent of PANTERA, razor-sharp riffing and a sluggish, almost doomy end. It really showcases GURD’s talent. To me, it is the record’s strongest song alongside “Bang!”. In between there are a few average tunes, but I could not find any real flatliner. The sound is fairly thick yet sleazy. Exactly what a Thrash Metal production should be.
With “Bang!” GURD clearly prove that they still are a force to be reckoned with, even though they do not add anything really new to the genre. If you are into heavy riffs, varied tempo and a thorough portion of groove, you cannot go wrong with “Bang!”. GURD condignly continue their tradition and stay on the path that has been left long ago by MACHINE HEAD, for example. In short: You know what you get here. Solid, modern Thrash.
Check out tips: "Bang!“, "Wish“, "The Storm“…..
(Online January 8, 2007)