Friday, November 2, 2018

NecroSexual-Grim1 (2018)

Grim 1 features a lot of catchy and kick ass hooks. The shredding is near ceaseless but melodic and fitting, not random fits of masturbatory flashiness. They add a tough and evil sense to the music. The bass is its own entity and contains a vicious amount of attitude not always playing what the guitars are. The vocals by Necrosexual, well those vocals man, is a mixture between Cronos and King Diamond but with his own touch and it fits perfectly to the music. The drumming is on full force, ripping your face apart. The music easily slots in the melodic Thrash category with perhaps a few influences here and there, Sabbath for example in some riffing and Motorhead as well. The music is tight, tough but enchanting, dark but catchy and fun. Also featuring a cover of Rolling Stones "Paint in Black". This is just what a good Metal album should be a mixture of darkness, evil and fun. If there are any complaints it would be that this is painfully short, but over all this is an electrifying album that should appeal to fans of the aforementioned. Good job Necro !!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Fatal Agent-Innocent Victims (Demo 2018)

This demo somehow manages to kicking you in the skull with thrashing crossover approach that is best likened to the mayhem of Wehrmacht, Whiplash, Nuclear Assault, early Anthrax and why not Exodus as well. The most enthralling element in this dimensional excursion into the zenith of speed metal's potential velocity is the atypical aesthetic that results from the cacophony of drum hits and rapidly struck chords. The crunchy to the point of almost frosty guitar tone meshed with a tremolo-insane riffing style somewhat informed by the likes of Possessed and Slayer, though only occasionally hitting similarly dissonant territory. This is a perfect example of how the fastest, heaviest, and finest thrash metal is created,. Instrumentation is incredibly tight here. This is one of those demos where every single note played feels important, and not a single one out of place, which is an impressive feat for a band that moves at such breakneck speed. Complex riffs  but still memorable, drums are so tight and fast. bass lines are good, and the vocals are aggressive. The production is sharp as it needs to be. It blends both the hardcore influence of East Coast thrash with the unrelenting technicality of Bay Area thrash. Every track on this demo is great. So, that's Innocent Victims, an amazing Thrash Metal demo.I recommend it absolutely. It shouldn't be missed by any thrash maniac !!
Review by Paul Caravasi