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GOOD DEBUT, BRING ON THE THRASH REVIVAL!!
on 23 May 2008
Not as good as 1989's follow up, Dreamweaver - Mainly due to a more modest production.
Still decent,(1988) UK Thrash Metal - musically reminiscent of Death Angel's Frolic Through The Park in terms of heaviness & speed (particularly the riffs & drums).
Vocals are fairly ahead of the time - Dani Filth, Shagrath etc have all cocked an ear or two here! Vocals, along with the excellent drums, get the best deal production wise. Guitars are generally fine on rhythm BUT the leads are a bit low in the mix - vocals/drums do seem to dominate the mix. Bass guitar is reasonably audible.
This is all fast & heavy - there's absoluteley none of the late '80s experimentation that began to permeate thrash at the time - No funk bass
or rap style vocals! It's ALL pagan/occult lyrics, harsh vocals & 100 MPH
fast, Thrash, Bay Area style music!
Anti-christian/pagan, borderline Satanic lyrics - with Behind The Crooked Cross referencing Nazi Germany. A little bit cliched but typical of the time & at least more well written than many others!
I'd recommend Dreamweaver first though.