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Incinerator's second release and first EP, 'Thrash Attack', isn't by any means a particularly bad release. It has solid riffs, nice drumming and is pretty fast. The problem is that there is little to no originality to be found.
Everything on here, from the riffs to vocals sound incredibly like Destruction and, as the previous reviewer noted, Exumer. While this would be an excellent thing on the basis alone, the problem lies in the riffs. While there is a nice solid thrash break in 'The Collapse', (although it only lasts for 10-15 seconds) nearly all of the riffs sound like ones that were rejected by the aforementioned bands for being too generic or unoriginal. The vocals are another negative point. The vocalist attempts to sound like Schmier, but lacks any power, and yells in a monotone for the whole album.
So what's good about the EP? Well, the riffs are still solid enough to headbang to, and the songs are quite catchy. The drumming is pretty good and the solos aren't too bad. But really, this is just a rehash of 80s thrash which doesn't offer anything new whatsoever. It's fun to put on every now and then when you feel like something mindless to listen to, but without a signature sound of they're own, Incinerator fail to really impress the listener. Thankfully they would improve with their Disciples of Sodom' demo.
I love this EP. For those who aren't as familiar with thrash metal this is a great place to start, even if they are a newer band. The most important thing they bring to the table is energy! These songs crackle with speed and sick change ups that make you bang your head and pound your fist in the air. And isn't that what thrash is all about? Why yes! Yes it is!
There isn't anything original here at all. This is by the numbers thrash in the style of destruction and sodom with a bit of early megadeth thrown in for good measure. But it doesn't come off as stale or boring because of the speed and intensity. "Storm of the Thrashers" is by far my favorite song, blinding guitar speed, pummeling drums, and even a few over the top high pitched wails. The fact that the song itself is about thrashing out gives it a bit of a retro feel and it also makes it insanely fun.
"Tonight! we will have our vengeance on you! To die!"
This is one of the countless retro-thrash albums that makes you think "OMG, I THINK DIZ ALBUM ISN'T RECORDED IN 2000, DIZ IS LIKE RECORDED IN 1986!!."
Is this really good? Nah, not really. I fail to see why do people like so much Retro-Thrash bands that just rip-off everything what the 80's bands did. In this band's case, they ripped-off Exumer. This album sounds incredibly similar to them in almost every way.
So, If this sounds like Exumer, why is Thrash Attack bad? Thrash Attack itself isn't bad but mediocre, you won't see anything new in this album. You'll see only the typical THUM-THANCK-THUMP-THANCK thrash beats and random "cool badass" old-school riffing (or old-school rip-offs. If you preffer.) The guitars actually don't sound that bad, instead of having the ultra-thin retro-thrash sound this album has a more thick and powerful flowing sound. But as I said the riffing is 100% generic. The bass, as always, follows the guitar riffing and sounds so buried and almost inaudible. The vocalist sounds like if he was trying to impersonate Mem Von Stern. Exumer's Mem Von Stern actually did very powerful vocals, but this vocalist simply lacks the extreme edge that made Exumer so good. The riffing, again is totally generic speed riffing (tremolo/triplet/fast power-chord/palm mute alternation in the average Thrash Metal way) The solos are buried under the riffs, so basically you'll only hear background feedback (except in Hypocritical Convictions, where the solo is slower). In addition almost every song ends/stars with an (annoying) high pitched scream (perhaps a con?)
Does this EP sounds bad? No, it doesn't. It could be an amazing EP if it was really released in 1985 or 1986. But please. Everything present on this album has been done before by the Good Old Sodom, Exodus, Nuclear Assault, Slayer we all love. The simple fact EVERYTHING has been done before makes this album mediocre, not to mention the inaudible bass, the rather uninspired insipid vocals and the stupid lyrics (Do every retro-thrash band has a song about being a true "Old-School-Thrasher" in these days?).
Virtually there are no reason to get this EP. But If you are someone who listens to everything that is cool or someone looking for nowadays Old-School Thrash you may enjoy it. But if you are looking for some innovative Thrash band that doesn't sounds incredibly wanky or mallcory (See: Meswiggah,) avoid this EP like if it was St. Anger.