"Postnuclear Trip to Nowhere" is the debut full-length studio album by Polish thrash metal act Extinkt. The album was independently released in April 2016. Extinkt were formed in 2011, so they´ve had a couple of years to hone their playing skills and songwriting craft...
...and that is audible when listening to "Postnuclear Trip to Nowhere". Extinkt are a very well playing band who obviously know exactly which buttons to push for their music to have most impact. Stylistically the material on the 10 track, 25:08 minutes long album is aggressive thrash metal with a raw snarling vocalist in front. Sometimes the music touches death metal brutality, and sometimes a hardcore influence shines through. A band like Ringworm comes to mind and occasionally there´s an audible Slayer influence in the riff department. The inclusion of a cover of "Sex and Violence" by Canivore, also point in the direction of that act as an influence. So Extinkt aren´t the most original sounding act out there, but they do what they do with great conviction and passion.
Extinkt feature a trio lineup of Dziad (Drums), Uappa Terror (Vocals, Guitars), Tom the Srom (Bass, Vocals). While the instrumental part of the music is certainly well played and performed with great aggression, it´s the vocals which stand out on this album. They are varied and quite intense thrash/hardcore vocals with a rare nod towards death metal growling.
"Postnuclear Trip to Nowhere" features a powerful, raw, yet detailed and well sounding production, which does the material great justice. It´s not often you hear an independent relase with a high quality production job like this. So upon conclusion "Postnuclear Trip to Nowhere" is a high quality release in almost every department. If I have to mention a slight issue it would be the stylistic inconsistency on such a short album. It´s a bit of an odd choice to open the album with no less than two instrumentals, including a cover, and also to experiment with goth type vocals on the closing title track. All within a 25 minutes playing time, which could leave some listeners a bit confused as to the overall direction of Extinkt´s musical vision. Personally though I enjoyed every single minute of the album and its diversity and a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is fully deserved.