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The hunger is growing stronger. - 80%

Diamhea, February 4th, 2018

The timeframe during which Biotronic Genesis was released belies its qualities, as was common for thrash bands entering the fray a hair too late and eventually becoming suffocated by the sands of time. Acid Storm are an atypical Brazilian export, insofar as they go against the collective aesthetic commonly associated with South American thrash acts like Sarcofago, earlier Sepultura et al. Their style is forward thinking to a point, although they rarely sacrifice subtlety for bone-breaking excess. The album is sloppy at times, in an endearingly raw and live sort of way, and the more cerebral lyrics really make Acid Storm exist in their own little niche outside of the norm. The overarching question regarding all of this, is does this actually work?

Why yes, Biotronic Genesis is quite the enjoyable listen, injecting scant technical flourishes into a template that feels like early Forbidden a lot of the time, assuredly due to Pastore's clean vocal timbre, which is an operatic howl reminiscent of early Overkill. The production also reeks of that Feel the Fire rawness, with the crunchy and unhinged guitar tone dominating the sonic palette. Moliner's bass also claws and fights for some of the spotlight on tracks like the snappy "Biologic Mechanization" and the concrete-cracking closer "Star Lost." Acid Storm have earned the progressive tag in some circles due to their staggered and wild songwriting, which includes lots of quick deviations, bobbing and weaving throughout the thrash framework proper.

Surprisingly, it makes for a very easy listen in full, as songs simply jump right into the next as they finish, nearly to the point that the album feels like one large track. The only real breather is the instrumental "Symbiotic Love," which features some moody Annihilator-esque acoustic guitars threaded through some wild leads. Furthermore, I like Marcos' and Eric's riffing style, which feels light on its feet, yet capable of cranking out some buzzsaw punishment in a pseudo thrash/speed style when called for. Extra dimension and depth is granted by the dextrous rhythmic transitions, resulting in a very hyperactive sounding record that never loses its grasp on the listener's throat, which should always be first priority.

Biotronic Genesis is a pretty killer record, and certainly one of Brazil's better and more interesting exports. Acid Storm certainly aren't lacking in character, and the has enough incendiary moments to gel coherently with the grimy distortion and pluggy bass. The band seemingly tried to weather the '90s before putting the project on indefinite hold at some point. Looking back at things, Biotronic Genesis isn't really a stylistic surprise, coming during a time when thrash, out of desperation, was pushing the boundaries to the point of collapsing the entire structure in on itself. Some of it worked, some if it didn't. Chalk these guys up to the former category.