With the ridiculous amount of reunions that happen every year (it seems to be more than usual as of lately) it was only a matter of time before even some of the more underground bands in the Metal world began thinking about getting back together. Yet it was still somewhat of a surprise when HEADHUNTER announced that it would be doing a new album. Schmier had already reunited with DESTRUCTION in 2000 essentially burying this side project’s future. We all had just assumed (despite 3 very awesome albums in the early 90s) that HEADHUNTER would never resurface again. And quite frankly I was pleased with this announcement.
So when “Parasite Of Society” landed, I had a lot of expectations from this album. With the success of recent DESTRUCTION but musically and financially, I was interested in the direction Schmier had taken HEADHUNTER. And as I expected, this latest release by the band, entitled “Parasite Of Society”, is once again in the vain of DESTRUCTION – just on the light side.
It’s a fairly solid release and just like their previous releases tends to be a very melodic Thrash Metal band with some Power Metal influences. Granted, the band feels so much more at home with their faster and more aggressive material on the album. The self titled track, “Silverskull”, and “Doomsday For The Prayer” is where the band is highlighted in their Thrashier skills but when the band slows down the music feels like it drags a little. And by the end of the album it feels as though its mostly filler tracks as compared to the massive opening sequence of songs.
As I said it’s a lot like DESTRUCTION-lite, as the band tries to incorporate more melody and greater variety. Sometimes its works – “Silverskull”. Other times it doesn’t – “The Calling”. But it’s a nice change to hear and I’m glad they took this chance.
Also there are two covers that are on the album too, a cover of the SKID ROW classic “18 And Life” and a cover of the JUDAS PRIEST classic “Rapid Fire”. Once again the faster of the two tracks feels way more natural for the band and “Rapid Fire” is going to be a cover I listen to for a long time. On the other hand “18 And Life” is interesting but far from a fitting choice for the album.
It’s great to hear a little different material from Schmier and if the Thrashier tracks are any indication on what the new DESTRUCTION is going to be like – then I’m super excited. But HEADHUNTER are just a little too hit and miss to be a classic with “Parasite Of Society”.
Songs to check out: “Parasite Of Society”, “Silverskull”, “Doomsday For The Prayer”.
(Online August 3, 2008)