Furious new album from the Swedish thrashers, and it's a unexpected throwback to some of their older and (probably better material.) I did have a few previous concerns about the radical shift in the direction of the band; as they seemed to be totally drifting away from their core sound from "The dead eye" through to "Unseen". From this perspective, "Unseen", and particularly "Versus" were relatively weak albums. "Unseen", (The last full length album), featured very little of the aggressive thrash riffs and it ultimately seemed like a extensive excursion into the stoner rock sub-genre.
A return to scorching thrash and full-on metal is most welcome. Right from the start after the prelude of 317; A lethal and savage storm of crushing thrash prevails. From "Cutting teeth", is 14 songs within the 2-5 minute range, with the aggression of the debut clearly at the forefront. Favourite songs of this album are "Eye of the storm, Time (will not heal) & This war"; and especially the riff of "Temptation", which is incredible.
This isn't a classic likely to de-throne they're earlier efforts like:- The debut, The haunted made me do it, or even "The dead eye". It is familiar also to see Marco Aro back in the vocal dept:- as he has been absent since "One kill wonder". So I find this a very respectable thrash album with a small influence of metalcore. This isn't anything compelling in the technical arena but it is played straight down the line. "Exit Wounds" is the best album since "The dead eye", and it's nearly a killer.
*Artwork looks superb, and is perhaps at it's best looking on the deluxe mediabook edition. Unlike many of the other cheapskate cardboard cut-out CD editions about, this version comes with a proper plastic hub to hold the disc and so it is overall a high quality product, as the cover too is a hardback. Recommended!