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Damage - The Immortal Death

Death is only the beginning. - 79%

hells_unicorn, December 6th, 2019
Written based on this version: 1987, 12" vinyl, Dekadenz

Of all the European nations to take up the thrash craze to one degree or another during the sub-genre's original heyday, Finland was among the odd ones out and didn't field any really prolific outfits during the 80s when the likes of Kreator, Tankard and Destruction were giving the American scenes a solid run for their money and a number of fairly competent but less visible ones were rising in other parts of the mainland. Be this as it may, there were a couple bands that came about in the mid-80s from the land of intense winters resting between Sweden and Russia, and among them was a bare-bones, four piece out of Kuopio with the usual assortment of politically tinged themes and gritty attitude that had become synonymous with the bands that started becoming prominent following the famed unholy trinity of Darkness Descends, Seven Churches and Reign In Blood being the final world on the occult-side of the thrash coin and the upsurge of early death metal.

In keeping with the more environmentally conscious climate that had developed in the thrash world by 1987 thanks to releases by the likes of Nuclear Assault, Toxik and Evildead, this band's debut The Immortal Death features a predictable visual of a polluted, burnt out industrial landscape and all of the subtlety of a hammer to the skull. It's of a more primitive character has listens more like the speed metal sound of early Razor mixed with a heavy dose of hardcore sensibilities reminiscent of early Discharge and English Dogs. Select songs like "In The Middle Of Coldness" and "Mental As Me" definitely have some firm thrash tendencies and could pass for a moderately intense entry out of Nuclear Assault's Game Over. Likewise, the more coasting mid-paced metallic romp "Time Of Madness" has a vintage NWOBHM flavor to its riff work. The only real part of the equation that keeps this from being an outright thrasher or an otherwise old school heavy metal endeavor is the vocals Kara Mykkanen and the surrounding gang vocals, which are almost sloppy enough to be mistaken for Henry Rollins.

Other than the Helsinki-based speed thrashers Vendetta (not to be confused with the German band by the same name) who put out a short EP a year earlier in '86, this was where Finland was in the grand scheme of the thrash scene, about roughly 4 years behind the curve when compared to Germany and San Francisco in terms of stylistic evolution, but definitely with that winning sense of attitude that is needed to give it the need edge to be effective. It's an extremely roughly produced outing, even when compared to some of the demos that were floating around in '84, and it's extremely hard to come by as it never received a reissue following the initial 12" vinyl release. But in spite of some time and location specific shortcomings, it's a solid offering for those who don't mind a heavy dose of punk to go with their speed metal, or some Black Flag to go along with your Whiplash for a more specific analogy. The Finnish metal scene would later become an impressive force in death metal and later power metal circles, but it's always important to recognized where it began, and this album marks a turning point towards something a bit more intense than the smattering of traditional acts that populated said nation in the first half of the 80s.