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Strikemaster - Majestic Strike - 50%

ConorFynes, February 28th, 2012

For whatever reason, there has been a major revival of the thrash metal style around the world. Although I've usually associated this sound with the 'classic' 80's era, it's clear that thrash is indeed alive and well, although I have felt that too many of these bands seek to engage the glory of bands from decades past, rather than bring the metal subgenre to the new millennium. Mexico's Strikemaster is one of these bands, and though having a slightly harder-edged sound than many of their influences, 'Majestic Strike' demonstrates little that wasn't explored to greater depths by Slayer almost thirty years ago.

As aptly indicated by the Slayer comparison, the music of Strikemaster is unrelenting, aggressive, and fast. Although Strikemaster tend to favour burstfire lyrics and speed-of-sound drums, their dynamic can be split into two distinctive realms. The first of these is the more generic thrash mode, where Slayer is surely guiding their hands. The vocal bursts all fit into this category; although they are delivered with a more gruff tone, it's difficult not to think of Tom Araya. Riffs are played with speed in mind over finesse, and as a result, the music becomes highly energetic, without necessarily being memorable.

The second category that the remainder of Strikemaster's ideas fall into is a more melodic side, never falling straight into anything that may be considered traditionally 'beautiful', but the sudden breaks from thrash to that of more refined ideas keeps 'Majestic Strike' listenable, and even enjoyable when fitting the right mood. At only half an hour, it is a short, but intense burst of Mexican thrash. Unfortunately, Strikemaster possesses no defining traits that set them apart from the hordes of other soundalike thrash bands, not to mention the legends that perfected the sound years back. Strikemaster sound like a band that would be great in a live venue, but the utterly by-the-numbers approach on 'Majestic Strike' is missing something vital.