Monday, July 7, 2014

Sacrificial Blood-Unholy Fucking Hatred

I was in high school when discovered the alluring genres of death, black, and doom metal in the early '90s. Honestly, I don't see this current trend of Thrash to re-create the glory days of thrash metal as anything but a fashion statement, but I have to make an exception for Sacrificial Blood, as the album "Unholy Fucking Hatred" flat out kills. The band on this album is a tight three-piece act and you can tell from the first punishing riffs of " Sacrificial Blood" that this band is pulling no punches. Sure, old guys like me have heard these riffs before; but somehow, with this particular band, it just works. What this band delivers is a 16 songs on this re-release. There are no bad songs to be had. Lead guitar work is minimized to occasional flourishes, as the main point of "Unholy..." is to tear your heart out and hand it to you, still quivering, then kick your corpse around the block a few times. The band creates a well-produced wall of flat-out speed -- punctuated by mosh parts that, time and again, punch you aurally in the sternum until you keel over. All of this is wrapped into a neat little explosive package and tied with a hateful black ribbon. Of course, you can hear their influences of Teutonic thrash, pre-1990's Slayer, and first wave black metal is delivered with conviction and aggression. So much so that one will easily forget hearing homages to "Agent Orange", "Bathory", or "Pleasure to Kill" shamelessly churned out by these guys. Forget that fact and simply concentrate on headbanging like it's 1986. They have the makings of everything I personally love about thrash metal -- attitude, aggression, precision, and irreverence. This band has a gift for bringing metal's sordid past to life, and they don't fuck around with it.Recommended for fans of Kreator, Sodom, Destruction, Slayer, Dark Angel, Bathory, Venom, Sarcofago, Slaughter, Onslaught, Hellhammer...basically all of the most extreme thrash and first-wave black metal acts. You know, "Lay down your soul to the gods Rock 'n' Roll," and all that. Features two kick ass covers of Rainbow" Kill the king" and Riot "Warrior". Get this album right now. No posers allowed!!!
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Review by Paul Caravasi

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