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With my mind completely being turned inside out by fellow countrymen Evile, Savage Messiah have also recently crashed onto the U.K scene in a similar fashion (i.e to nothing but great press and hype). Having taken this in a good few times now, I can see that Savage Messiah know their Thrash inside out, and have manage to emulate a mixture of the classics onto a singular crushing concoction by way of 'Spitting Venom'.
Savage Messiah have a mixture of thrashy sounds. Some parts could easily be confused for something off of one of the last few Exodus albums production-wise, whilst managing to keep it a lot more 'old school' in the riff department for the most part, with most songs containing a classic metal, almost Priest or Maiden-like melodic section which really shows of the band's songwriting prowess to the nth degree. The vocal work at times reminds me of a cross between Chuck Billy and Alex Creamer of ne'er do well mid-nineties Thrash wannabes Dearly Beheaded, with a nice tonality that fits the music well. But, at the end of the day, it's all down to the riffs (this is Thrash after all), and luckily Savage Messiah are certainly no slouches when it comes to penning an incisive passage, with songs tearing it up one minute, before sinking into a relaxed melody, prior to unexpected smacking you in the chops with their next big lick or memorable chorus. The album is replete with excellent soloing naturally, reminding at best of the likes of Skolnick and Holt, managing to both be technically proficient as well as retaining a great ear for melody.
To me at least, it seems the quality of U.K domiciled Thrash Metal bands seems to be improving at a fantastic rate, and with the likes of these guys spearheading the charge, the future of Thrash looks very rosy indeed.
Originally written for www.metalcrypt.com