Calling all Thrash Metal lovers! If you are an avid fan of 80s Thrash Metal, this is the record for you! Led by Mem V. Stein, formerly of cult band EXUMER, this New York band takes us back in time, to the mid-80s, when this type of music was rampant in the underground. You know the reference bands: DARK ANGEL, KREATOR (Mem sometimes sounds like a mix between Mille & Tom Araya), “Hell-Awaits”-era SLAYER, DESTRUCTION…..Need I continue listing bands from that era?
The music is rocking, but nothing exactly new. It just sounds like a throwback to the old days of Metal, which some people will probably love.
The disk isn’t without its faults, however. The vocals sound way too much like Mille (KREATOR) and I sometimes wondered how a KREATOR CD slipped into my stereo without me looking. The solos also need a LOT of work. They seem forced and leave me wondering “okay, what was the point of playing that?” The music, as stated before, is nothing groundbreaking and it sounds like an album from 1986 was recently discovered and unearthed. The mix is also a bit iffy, with the guitars sometimes being buried under the drums and the vocals occasionally overpowering over everything. It’s not perfect, but it’s fun music.
If you liked the 80s and the Thrash Metal it produced, this should be for you. (Online February 11, 2006)