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VOIVOD Dimension Hatröss Album Cover Dimension Hatröss
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CORONER No More Color Album Cover No More Color
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4.34 | 35 ratings
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MEKONG DELTA Dances of Death (And Other Walking Shadows) Album Cover Dances of Death (And Other Walking Shadows)
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REVOCATION Deathless Album Cover Deathless
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CORONER Mental Vortex Album Cover Mental Vortex
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АСПИД Extravasation

Album · 1992 · Technical Thrash Metal
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From the Russian tundra comes a Tech Thrash draconic beast that was unfortunately a few years late to the game, but no less legendary in its own right. Since it came from such a remote place and after Thrash was dead and buried, Кровоизлияние had no chance of success. The band never broke through nor released any other material. However, to think that says anything about the quality of this album would be a massive mistake.

Aspid’s debut and sole album is a Progressive/Technical Thrash package of pure quality and talent. The musical ability and songwriting is fantastic, even the simple production is very good at ensuring every aspect of it is clear and audible. I am of course referencing the bass, which is amazing and very noticeable here. There’s nothing to this other than the barebones guitar drums bass vocals setup, but every instrument is working insanely hard.

I think the best thing about this is that it’s not overbearing like some Tech Prog can be; the songwriting is extremely efficient at mixing technical prowess and wow factor with a consistent musical progression that feels natural and enjoyable. In short, they sound like damn good songs as opposed to feats of ability. The technical, big brain aspect of the music just ensures you can come back again and again and never get bored.

CRYPTOSIS Bionic Swarm

Album · 2021 · Technical Thrash Metal
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"Bionic Swarm" is the debut full-length studio album by Dutch thrash metal act Cryptosis. The album was released through Century Media Records in March 2021. Cryptosis formed in 2020, but they were actually active under the Distillator monicker in the years 2013-2020 and released a couple of studio albums before changing their name to the current one. Leading up to the release of "Bionic Swarm", Cryptosis released four singles (all tracks featured on the album), and a split with Vektor. Especially the latter release helped to promote the release of "Bionic Swarm".

While Cryptosis in some ways is a continuation of Distillator, it´s not only the name of the band which has been changed, it´s also the direction of the music. Distillator are a relatively straight forward and aggressive thrash metal act, but Cryptosis add a technical edge and sci-fi lyrics, image, and atmosphere to their brand of thrash metal, and the two bands (although sharing several members), should be considered two completely different acts. The most obvious contemporary reference is definitely Vektor, but Cryptosis do have their own sound and "Bionic Swarm" fully displays the qualities of Cryptosis and give a good impression of the vision of the band.

Technical thrash metal artists are sometimes focused on their technical playing and less on the songwriting and impact of their music on the listener, but that´s not the case with Cryptosis. Although the music certainly is technical in nature, Cryptosis take great care that their material is also memorable and effectful, so in the midst of technical riffs/rhythms and the occasional progressive songwriting idea, the listener is also treated to more regular thrash metal riffing and rhythms, and the balance is a great strength.

The band are well playing and deliver their music with great skill and conviction, and lead vocalist/guitarist Laurens Houvast has an aggressive snarling delivery, which suits the music perfectly. Compared to the vocals on the contemporary releases by Vektor, the vocals on "Bionic Swarm" are more human in nature (to make a comparison that most readers will recognise). The music features both fast-paced and heavier sections (a track like "Prospect of Immortality" is for example a nicely heavy track), and there are touches of melody here and there too, so it´s generally dynamic music with more than one trick up the sleeve. "Bionic Swarm" is a concept album featuring dystopian stories taking place in the year 2149, and the sci-fi lyrics and atmosphere are important parts of the album.

"Bionic Swarm" is a well sounding and professionally produced release, and the powerful and detailed sounding production suits the material perfectly. Upon conclusion Cryptosis is definitely a welcome new addition to the world of sci-fi themed technical thrash metal, and fans of the genre are advised to give "Bionic Swarm" a listen. A 4 star (80%) rating is fully deserved.

CORONER Mental Vortex

Album · 1991 · Technical Thrash Metal
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"Mental Vortex" is the 4th full-length studio album by Swiss thrash metal act Coroner. The album was released through Noise Records in August 1991. It´s the successor to "No More Color" from 1989. The three-piece lineup who recorded all three predecessors is intact: Tommy T. Baron (Tommy Vetterli) on guitar, Ron Royce (Ron Broder) on bass and vocals, and Marquis Marky (Markus Edelmann) on drums.

Stylistically "Mental Vortex" is quite different from "No More Color (1989)". The material on the 8 track, 47:30 minutes long album is still technical thrash metal, but the pace has generally been lowered and the tracks on "Mental Vortex" are predominantly mid-paced and heavy, and features fewer fast-paced sections than the case was on the predecessor. It´s audible that Coroner at this point in their career felt they needed to experiment and develop their style a bit more drastically than they had done between the first three releases (not that there wasn´t great development of sound between those releases too) and paired with the general change on the thrash metal scene in those years, "Mental Vortex" is very much an album of it´s time. Coroner have not "softened" their sound or have begun to incorporate alternative metal elements like some of their contemporaries did in those days, so it´s more a matter of songwriting approach and a refusal to be labelled "just" a thrash metal act. Their brilliant cover of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" by The Beatles is an example of that. There´s an occasional dark, almost dreamy psychadelic touch to some of the tracks, which is a new element too, but Coroner don´t go overboard with those ideas.

"Mental Vortex" features a detailed and powerful, but also pretty sterile, sound production, which has robbed Coroner´s music of the organic touch it possessed on the previous releases (I´m not surprised that the album is produced by Tom Morris). It´s still a professional and well sounding production job, but it´s just very different from the sound on the predecessors. The playing is as always on a very high level. Especially guitarist Tommy Vetterli delivers one killer riff after another, and his solo work is extraordinaire (and often neo-classical influenced). Sometimes the technical shifts in rhythm sound a bit forced and awkward, disrupting the flow of the tracks, but other times those sections work pretty well.

In addition to the above mentioned cover of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", highlights include "Son of Lilith" and "Semtex Revolution", but "Mental Vortex" is pretty consistent in both quality and style. So upon conclusion it´s another high quality release by Coroner. It doesn´t exactly reach the heights of "No More Color (1989)", which was always going to be a difficult task, but it´s still an interesting release in its own right. It shows development and reeks boldness, which are parameters I value greatly, so while this is not what I would call Coroner´s best release, I still think a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is fully deserved.

DEFIANCE Beyond Recognition

Album · 1992 · Technical Thrash Metal
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"Beyond Recognition" is the 3rd full-length studio album by US thrash metal act Defiance. The album was released through Roadracer Records in March 1992. It´s the successor to "Void Terra Firma" from 1990. There have been no lineup changes between the two albums.

Stylistically the music on "Beyond Recognition" is rooted in the Bay Area thrash metal style and there are more than a few references to especially Testament. When that is said, Defiance have in keeping with the trend at the time, incorporated quite a few groove metal riffs and rhythms and an occasional alternative edge to their music.

The instrumental musicianship is strong with some sharp riffs, solos, and drumming, and when lead vocalist Steev Esquivel keep to singing his most raw vocals (when he sounds most like Chuck Billy) things are moving along alright...but he really shouldn´t have tried his hands at singing clean vocals. It sounds a bit out of tune, and the vocal melodies aren´t particularly memorable either. It´s not a horror to listen to or anything like that, but it´s not exactly a positive either.

"Beyond Recognition" features a fairly well sounding production job, and upon conclusion it is a decent thrash/groove metal release. Compared to other contemporary releases in a similar style, it doesn´t stand out much though, and that´s probably a large part of the reason why they never reached anything but underground status and success. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

CRYPTOSIS Bionic Swarm

Album · 2021 · Technical Thrash Metal
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It’s not often I give out a 5 star review as there’s not that many albums that are without even a few minor flaws. In the case of Bionic Swarm, the debut album from Dutch technical thrash metal band Cryptosis I had to make one of my rare exceptions, such the quality on offer here. This is their debut album but they were previously active as Distillator since 2013 so they’ve had time to cut their teeth and it shows.

Cryptosis occupy a similar place to Voivod and Vektor with their spacey and futuristic thrash metal. They’ve even just released a split with the latter recently. Naturally being added to our technical thrash metal sub here on MMA the music is complex as expected. It’s often very fast though not relentlessly so and busy. The songs often have strong and memorable melodies so it’s not one of those total guitar wankery exercises with style over substance. Far from it in fact as the strength of the melodies, often having a melancholic vibe helped by their use of mellotron, is one of the albums greatest strengths. There is also plenty of prog elements on display so fans of prog metal may find it to their liking if they are not averse to the vocals usually associated with more extreme metal genres. It’s an album that’s best listened to as a whole as every song as it comes is my new favourite! Another reason is it’s also a concept album of eight connected stories according to the band set in the year 2149. Naturally the playing is top notch with some blistering fret work and fast, precise and busy drumming – essential for this sort of stuff of course. The icing on the cake is the clear and powerful production allowing every nuance and intricacy to shine through.

Bionic Swarm is an album I’ve played often in the last few weeks, on heavy rotation in the car and at home. Deservedly so as well as at the time of writing it’s my favourite album of 2021 so far. Essential listening for fans of extreme metal, but also well worth a listen for prog metal fans too.

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