Despite its relative lack of innovative material these days, Thrash continues to be a popular vehicle for bands with musical chops and more than their fair share of simmering rage. Brazil's KORZUS fit this description well, and have been doing this for a long time now. With “Discipline Of Hate,” they deliver a blistering, well-constructed, old-school Thrash album.
The band formed during the early days of Thrash, and therefore, their style is firmly rooted in the genre's conventions. This album frequently conjures memories of SLAYER, occasionally blended with a helping of PANTERA and SEPULTURA. The riffs and vocals in particular resemble the work of Messers, King and Araya respectively, as from the opening track the screamed vocals are much like pre-”Seasons In The Abyss” SLAYER. Ditto “2012” and “You Reap What You Sow.”
Instrumentally, the main riffs on not one but two tracks (“Truth” and “Hell”), sound so similar to “Raining Blood” as to cause the listener to pay closer attention to discern enough difference to make this more than a blatant rip-off. Other tracks, such as “Raise Your Soul,” simmer a bit more, trading the frantic aggression for the smoldering intensity of early Groove.
Yet given how long KORZUS have been plying their trade, they get a pass on their lack of innovation. They were playing this music during its Golden Age in the 1980's, and the dedication to their craft that is demonstrated here more than excuses the lack of ingenuity.
The songs are well-constructed, and the band have the presence of mind to vary the tempo enough throughout the album to keep the tunes from blending together. The guitar work is solid, and the solos are all enjoyable, all the more so because they conform to the needs of the melody rather than focusing too much on technical wizardry. Also worth special mention is the rhythm section, which is very tight and provides a solid backbone on which to drape the melodies.
KORZUS do not push Thrash to any mythical next level here. However, they have released a solid album that delivers the intensity that the genre requires.
(Online November 5, 2010)