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VEKTOR
4.29 | 20 ratings
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4.41 | 7 ratings
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WATCHTOWER
4.20 | 25 ratings
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4.14 | 30 ratings
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INVOCATOR Weave the Apocalypse Album Cover Weave the Apocalypse
INVOCATOR
4.23 | 7 ratings
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MEKONG DELTA Dances of Death (And Other Walking Shadows) Album Cover Dances of Death (And Other Walking Shadows)
MEKONG DELTA
4.17 | 9 ratings
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VEKTOR Black Future Album Cover Black Future
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4.06 | 36 ratings
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MEKONG DELTA Lurking Fear Album Cover Lurking Fear
MEKONG DELTA
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REVOCATION Great Is Our Sin Album Cover Great Is Our Sin
REVOCATION
4.19 | 7 ratings
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BIOMECHANICAL Cannibalised

Album · 2008 · Technical Thrash Metal
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"Cannibalised" is the 3rd full-length studio album by UK progressive power/thrash metal act Biomechanical. The album was released through Earache Records in February 2008. It´s the successor to "The Empires Of The Worlds" from 2005.

"Cannibalised" continues the "hard to define" music style of "The Empires Of The Worlds (2005)", which means that it´s a combination of thrash/groove metal riffs, screaming US power/heavy metal styled vocals, progressive ideas, and symphonic orchestral keyboards. Although the tracks feature regular vers/chorus parts, "Cannibalised" is not an easy listening experience, which is due to the many influences fighting for domination and often the tracks are multi-layered and quite busy. At times it´s quite a chaotic listen and as a consequence some tracks (like the title track) take several listens to fully grasp.

The 10 tracks on the 48:05 minutes long album are very hard edged and energetic, and it´s only a few times during the playing time that Biomechanical turn down the volume and allow room for more mellow parts (like the case is with "Breathing Silence"). Other than those occasional moments where the listener is allowed to breathe a little, you´re constantly bombarded with pretty extreme screaming vocals (think of Rob Halford on steroids), very fast-paced frantic riffing, and aggressive rhythms.

This approach to playing/singing of course requires great skill, and Biomechanical have that in abundance. The instrumental part of the music is very impressive, and lead vocalist John K. is an incredibly powerful and talented singer too. His performance could have prospered from a little more restraint and focus on melody, instead of almost constantly screaming at the top of his lungs, but it´s still impossible not to recognize how skilled he is.

"Cannibalised" features a powerful sounding production, which is obviously the work of a professional, but when it comes down to it actually lacks a bit of clarity, and the already busy music often ends up even more chaotic sounding that it already is. So I´m a bit biased when it comes to evaluating "Cannibalised", because on one hand I´m very impressed by the musicianship and the often jaw-dropping moments of technical bliss that is a result of that, but on the other hand the songwriting could have been more memorable, and the sound production more detailed and clear sounding. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

HELLWITCH Syzygial Miscreancy

Album · 1990 · Technical Thrash Metal
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Hellwitch's extremely terse debut album (it's only 25 minutes long) has them issuing a torrent of extreme technical thrash, largely occupying the most extreme end of the thrash metal spectrum where it starts to bleed into death metal.

It may seem like splitting hairs to talk about them playing a blend of death metal and technical thrash as opposed to a mix of thrash metal and technical death, but it's arguably accurate: the technical aspects of Hellwitch's sound tend to be more in line with the sort of technical experiments arising from thrash metal (such as the work of Annihilator or Watchtower) than death metal (such as latter-day Death, Cynic, or Atheist). Overall, it's pretty decent, though it feels like a band who'd produced as many demos as Hellwitch had really ought to have more ideas to bring to the table for their debut album than are on display here.

SADUS A Vision of Misery

Album · 1992 · Technical Thrash Metal
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"A Vision of Misery" is the 3rd full-length studio album by US, California based thrash metal act Sadus. The album was released through Roadrunner Records in March 1992. It´s the successor to "Swallowed in Black" from 1990. Sadus had been relatively successful with "Swallowed in Black (1990)", but gained even further notice from the metal scene when bassist Steve DiGiorgio was asked to join the recording lineup of the groundbreaking "Human (1991)" album by Death. After finishing up his work with Schuldiner and co., he was back in Sadus for the recording of "A Vision of Misery".

Stylistically the music on "A Vision of Misery" continues the furiously fast-paced, aggressive, and technically well played thrash metal style of "Swallowed in Black (1990)" (albeit with quite a few more mid-paced sections than before). It´s slightly less frenetic this time around though, and there is a bit more sophistication to the songwriting too. The guitar solos are for example a bit more memorable than on the predecessor and occasionally even feature a hint of melody. The tracks also feature more catchy hooks, although it wouldn´t exactly be the truth calling this accessible music. This is still first and foremost very aggressive thrash metal played with great technical skill. In other words, it´s unmistakably the sound of Sadus. They are branching out a bit though and tracks like "Machines" and "Deceptive Perceptions" show a side of them we haven´t heard on the preceding releases. A less aggressive, more atmospheric and varied side.

As mentioned the musicianship is on a high technical level. Sadus are a really well playing act, from the pounding aggressive drumming, to the razor sharp fast-paced guitar riffs, to the rapid dog snarl of the vocals, to the fretless bass playing. Everything is delivered with tight precision yet with great organic sensibility. The well sounding production follows suit. It´s raw, organic, and powerful sounding. Quite a bit more detailed than the sound on the predecessor, and upon conclusion "A Vision of Misery" is a step up from the previous releases by the band. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

SADUS DTP Demo 1986

Boxset / Compilation · 2003 · Technical Thrash Metal
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"DTP Demo 1986" is a compilation album by US, California based thrash metal act Sadus. The compilation was released through Hammerheart Records in May 2003. "DTP Demo 1986" features the 6 tracks from the 1986 "Death to Posers" demo, and 2 tracks from the 1987 "Certain Death" demo. Some of the tracks would make it unto Sadus debut full-length studio album "Illusions (1988)", while others are exclusive to the demos (and now this compilation, which features remastered versions of the original demo tracks).

Stylistically the music on the compilation is furiously fast-paced and aggressive thrash metal with a snarling and screaming high pitched vocalist in front. It´s like listening to a steroid pumped and out of control version of Slayer/Dark Angel. Sadus were arguably rather extreme for their time. The 8 tracks on the 27:46 minutes long compilation aren´t terribly original in style, and Steve DiGiorgio´s future dominant bass attack, is only heard sporadically on this release, but the high quality of the performances, the solid songwriting, and the relatively well sounding production, are positive assets, and it´s certainly a worthwhile release for fans of the band. The more casual listener is advised to start with one of the studio albums before giving this one a listen.

The material from "Death to Posers (1986)", which is the oldest material on the compilation, is surprisingly the most well produced, while the 2 tracks off the "Certain Death (1987)" demo aren´t as well sounding, but still decent in quality. Upon conclusion a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is warranted.

SKEPTOR United We Stand...Together We Fall

Album · 2014 · Technical Thrash Metal
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"United We Stand...Together We Fall" is the debut full-length studio album by US, California based power/speed/thrash metal act Skeptor. The album was independently released in January 2014. Skeptor were formed in 2011 and disbanded in 2015, making "United We Stand...Together We Fall" their sole studio album release in their original run.

Stylistically the music on "United We Stand...Together We Fall" is technical US power/speed/thrash metal and artists like Watchtower, Toxik, and Realm, are all valid references. This sounds an awful lot like it was released in the late 80s, so if that´s the sound Skeptor went for, they should be applauded for their efforts. It´s as authentic sounding as it gets 25 years later. The band are very well playing, delivering sharp thrashy riffing, melodic leads, and technical drumming, and lead vocalist Steven Villa is a powerful singer who hits some exceptionally high notes. He reminds me of Alan Tecchio (Watchtower, Hades, Non-Fiction), as he has a similar rather extreme way of performing high pitched screaming vocals.

The material on the 7 track, 34:21 minutes long album is well written, intriguing, and powerful. It´s fairly technical in nature, but not at the expense of raw and energetic speed/thrash metal power. "United We Stand...Together We Fall" is also well produced and upon conclusion it´s a very promising debut album by Skeptor. With it´s relatively long intro track "Turn It Off" and the "Savage Metal" instrumental track placed later on the album, it´s slightly disjointed and could probably have prospered from a better tracklist flow, but it´s a minor detail when the songwriting, sound production, and performances are as strong as they are here. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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