Sunday, January 8, 2017

Final Flag-Capture the Flag (2017)

I think it’s too simple to label this as crossover. Final Flag is a band from CZECH REPUBLIC AND U.S.A. featuring Eric Helzer (Wehrmacht) on vocals. We have hardcore influences showing up in most songs in the form of a related vocal and base line rampaging at breakneck speed complemented by some generic speed riffs. However, the majority of the riffs on here are undeniably thrash. The bass is very prominent in the mix, It works here because the bass lines are very lively and at times infectiously groovy. The production is spectacular.The album begins with" Swallow all the Drugs" a song which is an excellent indicator of how the rest of the album is going to sound. Awesome chugging riffs with excellent fucking bass underneath it to almost make your neck sore. How about charm? Does this album have any? You bet your ass it does. The unique voices help you know exactly what kind of band you're listening to once you hear it. This band is able to turn up the heat when they need to. Final Flag brings a whole new flavor to Thrash-Hardcore or whatever you want to call it, with their different levels of tenacity within the same album. Riffs and solos, intensity and a great voices, and the entire band brings grade-A metal from a hardcore band. The overall catchiness of the songwriting should be emphasized at this point. This album has a lot of hooks, both vocal and instrumental. Definitely this is recommended for fans of eighties thrash who don’t mind some hardcore. Also it features a cover song of ANTHRAX ( instead of Indians it is called PALESTINIANS) I FKN like this album. Buy it or dieeeeee !!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

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