Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sauron-Conquest through Attrition (2016)

It doesn't matter what style of music you're talking about, nothing beats a good tune. Over the years I've heard some strangely disparaging remarks about Thrash Metal, some have said this style is "generic" while others said it is not original enough. Now certainly in 2017, Sauron are the fastest band on the planet. However, there are pretty damn fast bands and would certainly be considered extreme. As for the comment that new Thrash Metal bands are "generic", I'll simply never understand and often have discovered that those who felt that way had never really listened to this sound of Thrash Metal... Sauron are from Michigan, and they play a style of raw fucking Blackened thrash metal very much their own. Operating as a trio, Sauron possessed one of the thickest sounds in thrash. Stylistically, Sauron has similarities to bands like Exciter, early Whiplash, Destruction, a bit of Nasty Savage, etc.. Cross this traditional sound with the speed of hardcore punk and you come close to Sauron. In reality though, they truly had a sound all their own. Much of this has to do with their tremendously well-written and catchy songwriting. These guys know how to use catchy choruses and hooks to their benefit. Badass vocal. Very punked out and delivered with tons of attitude, his raspy, spitfire style growl is killer. The musicianship on this album is also superb. Bolstered by a red hot production in an era when sadly many thrash bands sound like overproduced crap,  awesome leads, and heavy riffage, bassist yet killer and dynamic rhythm attack, and drummer's wicked and tight performance all add up to make this album one of the most powerful and fun thrash of 2017 which still sounds very fresh. It's just such a well thought-out album and each song is highly memorable to the point where the tunes will get stuck in your head. I couldn't imagine anyone who is a thrash fanatic not having "Conquest through Attrition" in their collection. Simply put: it's fkn killer !
Review by Paul Caravasi

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