Madrost-The Essence of time matches no Flesh (2017)
Thrash is a stagnant old soldier of a genre that hasn't exactly been flourishing in the last 20-odd years, but there have been several diamonds-in-the-rough sorts of bands popping up that have revitalized it a bit and kept the "old school" sound alive. While the modern school of Metal is not usually viewed as anything worthwhile, this album is what I'd consider an example of new wave of metal done right - punchy, heavy riffs with melodic, winding solos and gritty, rough vocals that are still understandable and nowhere near the Metalcore crap. This is a damn fine album from a new band. This album is a straight ahead riff-hammer bludgeon attack, with some more melodic leads and matured songwriting tendencies, but make no mistake, this is a purebred Death/Thrash record through and through, and Madrost do not let you forget that. The leads might be more melodic and profound than the previous album, but "The essence of time matches no flesh" is still 7 tracks of intense, face-ripping metal that is sure to please just about anyone who isn't stuck in the 80's. "The silence in ruins", "Abstractions" and "No future" are amazing songs. This album just fucking smokes. I can tell the band is in top form here, shrieking and blaspheming their way through every single track with manic energy and rock-solid conviction. The guitar tone is thick and meaty and it will smash your skull without mercy, and the production as a whole is just excellent - clear and polished, yet not at all neutered, with every bit of the aggression that a Metal band should always have. Very well done. Don't pay attention to anyone who tells you that the new bands are weak or limp or any of that, Madrost is a triumphant metal band, this is ass-kicking good all the same. Recommended.
Review by Paul Caravasi