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Short and intense - 85%

Wirthormentor, March 9th, 2007

Just like its predecessor ‘IX’, ‘Neurodeliri’ offers plenty of sharp riffs, fantastic lead-guitar work, frantic (but sterile sounding) drums and vocals that can best be compared to a hoarse and angry Lemmy. Much of this album is fast as hell, and some riffs and parts, especially on the opening track ‘Neurodeliri’, nearly sound like modern 2nd wave Black Metal (but played by a Thrash Metal band of course). The band also uses keyboards on several of the tracks, never sounding cheesy or drowning the other instruments, but adding a somewhat epic feeling to the music. Keep in mind this was recorded in 1988, when the use of keyboards was rather unusual in Thrash Metal (or Metal in general), at least in this measure. Strangely, some parts on ‘Neurodeliri’ someway remind me of Bathory’s ‘Under the sign of the black mark’, even when these two albums have a very different sound and style. Maybe the reasons for this are the use of keyboards and the fast, sometimes nearly blastbeat-like speed of the drumming, both uncommon in the 80s. One thing that can also be discovered when listening closely to ‘Neurodeliri’ is that it has a kind of solemn feeling to it, unlike their previous albums (especially the first two), which had a kind of ‘fun, rock n’ roll & drinking’ feel to them, like the one present on many old Venom tracks. The fact that ‘Neurodeliri’ is dedicated to their former member Dario Carria, who committed suicide shortly before the recording of this album (and who formed the band Neurodeliri some years after leaving Bulldozer), may be a reason for the more earnest mood of this album. The track ‘We are italian’ is the exception and offers ‘good-time, beer raising and headbanging’ mid-tempo Thrash Metal with a chorus to scream along with (if you are italian…).

Neurodeliri was Bulldozers last studio-album, and given the undoubted high quality of it and of all their previous albums, one might ask himself why they never really achieved more than just a certain cult status. The reason is probably that Bulldozer were never keen on success and popularity, as they never compromised about their sound when most other Thrash Metal bands wimped out or changed their style at the end of the 80s when Thrash Metal became less popular (even if they released a really bad single with a NY rapper in 92). Whatever, for fans of really well-played, original Thrash Metal, ‘Neurodeliri’ (as well as the other Bulldozer albums) is a must.