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Broken Crossover Expertly Stitched to Thrasher - 82%

bayern, July 1st, 2017

I remember how much I laughed, and also jumped around, listening to “F.O.A.D.”, one of the most compulsively moshable thrash/crossover slabs, an instant jump-arounder, the only metal diversifier I genuinely liked alongside Suicidal Tendencies’ “Join the Army”. All the joy and optimism, however, were gone mere months later on the “Trader in Death” EP which took much more aggressive, bashing proportions bordering on Slayer-esque thrash at times. These brutal suggestions also vanished for the next instalment “Losing Control” which saw the guys gaining control over their artistic urges, producing a tasty cross over power, thrash and speed metal which presented them like a very different outfit, by all means in a broken… sorry, bright light.

Two years later the album reviewed here became a fact. The blend from the previous album has been preserved and also enhanced by a more complex approach and a few psychedelic touches not far from late-80’s Voivod even. The title-track is an excellent way to start the album with sharp lashing guitars and heavy pounding sections, a great symbiosis with a stylish more technical epitaph. “The Fix” is a brisk bouncy speedster with cool melodic riffs and a few more laid-back power metal developments, and “Propaganda” is a more complex shredder with more elaborately tied knots and several more abstract dashes ala Voivod. “Wasted Nation” slows down and relies on heavy stomping rhythms to pull it through the steam-rolling approach working just fine, bringing the sound towards the power metal parametres again. “Forget It” attempts something similar, but achieves it with both more playful and more twisted riffage while “In Fear” adheres to trippier, more psychedelic configurations which, combined with some jarring hectic thrashing, stand for the highlight here. “Gotta Get Away” acquires more sinister proportions with more macabre riffs, but at the same time with strangely uplifting tunes embedded as well; a curious blend that works well in a more subdued, minimalistic way. “Bring’em Down” shreds harder with more speed delighting the headbangers who may have started mourning the days of “F.O.A.D.” and “Trader in Death” by that time; and “Limited Creed” admirably follows the same trajectory speed/thrashing with more might even, the guys stirring a few vitriolic moshing vortexes along the way. “Sick World” is a tad less biting with intense power/thrashy rhythms, the leads making a fine showing before the end their role here not that prominent.

The vocal adjustment from their early crossover days has been quite successful the new throat, laconically named Quiv, emitting a mean semi-clean croon which perfectly fits the more aggressive musical setting. The guys had obviously rediscovered their bigger musical skills in order to serve them better with the new direction chosen, and had made a bold step into power/speed/thrash metal territory where there was definitely room for them in the late-80’s/early-90’s. They left their roots further behind than Suicidal Tendencies, Nuclear Assault and D.R.I. making it at times hard for one to see the same primal hardcore/crossover outfit behind these more complicated, more diverse rifforamas. They managed to leave a trace on the UK thrash metal arena shortly before the genre fell from grace although not many were those who paid attention to their more carefully constructed endeavours.

They didn’t surrender to the new vogues, but spent the 90’s releasing best of compilations, and met the new millennium with a brand new recording, “Without Conscience”. It saw them crossing over their entire discography producing an interesting, albeit not very coherent, blend of thrash/crossover, power, pure thrash, and even sincerely punkish pieces the feel being one of jamming around as though the band were rehearsing for more serious things to come. “Time for Anger, Not Justice” went further back towards their beginnings comprising brisk thrash/crossover for most of the time with a few deviations from the rigorous formula which was repeated on “Fuck You and All You Stand For!” to another positive effect. Well, the band may as well be the longest-lasting outfit on the UK metal circuit outside the Holy Three (Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden), an admirable achievement that deserves fair acknowledgement with a few pints of pale (dark is fine as well) English ale. An always reliant act the fans knowing that they would always deliver what is expected of them even if that sometimes means stitching patches of hardcore and crossover with the casual dash of more serious metal.