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Average and Generic Thrash - 55%

Mungo, January 27th, 2007

Anvil Bitch only made one album and after hearing Rise to Offend it's easy to see why. Make no mistake, this isn't a bad album, just one that suffers from various key factors which bring it down badly.

The main problem with this album is that it is, well, average. The riffs are uninteresting for the most part, and there's nothing here that grabs you by the throat and makes you headbang till your neck snaps. This issue is accentuated by the shit production job, in which the drums are at the forefront of the mix, overshadowing the guitars. The whole thing sounds dull because of the production, which is a shame because if it were mixed properly then it would have a lot more of an effect. Another problem is the vocalist who while not being the worst singer ever does unnecessary falsettos in places which don't need them. His falsettos aren't even that good either, and detract from the album.

So what's good about it? Well there are some good moments, such as the song 'Arsenic and Cyanide' and the main riff in 'Rise to Offend'. Sure, they're pretty average thrashers when you consider what else was being released in 1986 but compared to the other stuff on the album they're pretty enjoyable. There are some good riffs scattered around on the album, but they are brought down because of the previously mentioned bad production. The solos are pretty good, even if half of them sound like a replica of Hammett's soloing.

This album had stiff competition for the year it was released, and it's not hard to see why this band is forgotten nowadays. It's a shame really, because if they fixed up the main issues that were present you would have an above average thrash record. What it is though, is a thrash record that while not being bad is just generic, and fails to do anything which would warrant more than a few listens.