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Oh No! - 59%

SweetLeaf95, April 27th, 2018

Alright, this is gonna be pretty down to the point, as the album cover can pretty much give you an idea of what we're in for. I'm sure the boys in Iron Maiden have a good enough sense of humor. Thrashing The Law is an obvious parody of all things classic, and honestly, this thirteen minute release serves no purpose beyond laughter, and getting an idea of what's to come. Four of the six tracks appear on their debut album Dr. Living Dead, except slightly worse production and some alterations. The other two songs are just funny titles called "I Need Thrash (Not You)", and "Kerry Burger King". That second one had me in hysterics the first time I ever read it.

Basically, this is a whole collection of really dirty riffs, with cleaner singing throughout most of it. The strong melody gift that these Swedes would adopt isn't quite as prevalent as what would come, seeing that the structures themselves aren't as tight. The goal seemed to be more geared towards noise and speed, rather focusing on just making memorable tunes. The songwriting itself is definitely present, but the delivery could be better. The drums are a little lost behind the crunch of the strong guitars, which could sound better too. One way or another though, the songs are still good, it's just definitely some demo quality stuff here.

"I Need Thrash" is probably the worst track on here, as it's laughable in the wrong way, and it for good reasons didn't make it onto the debut. However, "Kerry Burger King" is pure comedy gold, and parodies Slayer throughout the whole track, as well as containing funny lyrics about, well, burgers. Also noteworthy shout-out to Iron Maiden in the last forty seconds or so of this track. This is a fun little release, but offers little.

Never underestimate.... CUTE AND FURRY ANIMALS! - 71%

Misainzig, May 19th, 2009

Dr. Livingdead is this tiny thrash/crossover band. Their style is essentially a parody of the thrash ideals that spewed out of the 80s. The songs are all roughly 2 minutes or slightly longer, and all feature thrash riffs that are easy to like. None of the riffs are doing anything original, but they are riffs that haven't quite been done before. They're staying in a fairly safe zone with the riffage by not trying anything too fancy or eclectic. The riffage is as simple and straightforward as it gets. Gremlin's Night shows off quite a bit of Anthrax influence, with a splash of Disposable Heroes. Imagine that with vocals along the lines of Mike Muir and Tom Araya doing a duet, which are singing about furry animals terrifying the night. Enter some slow and pulverizing breakdowns ala Slayer's South of Heaven and you've got a recipe for a great live moshing tune. The drums don't stray far from the Slayer formula either. There isn't anything remotely remarkable about the drums. They just bang along with the thrashing. You can tell the drummer is talented though. He knows how to play competently.

I Need Thrash (Not You!) continues in the very same Slayer influenced immature Suicyko style. The riffs aren't incredibly fast, and keep a slight Creeping Death pace to them. Kindergarten Cop (as you might imagine) features samples from the movie, and lyrics about it. The song Dr. Living Dead has some fast thrashy parts, but they're pretty sparsely laid out among the more boring slow parts that have meandering riffs.

Kerry Burger King is probably the greatest song here, being an all-out Slayer parody. There's some Angel of Death screaming, some South of Heaven riffing, some Seasons in the Abyss vocals, and lyrics about Kerry King's fat ass needing greasy onion rings to play his guitar solos fast. There's also a great parody of Piece by Piece in both lyrics, and riffage:

THE ONLY WAY TO TASTE THIS, IS GOING CHEESE BY CHEESE!

(I think that's what he says. That's what it sounds like.)

The song cuts off at about 1:20, and a few seconds later an Iron Maiden parody starts up. It's an abbreviated (and badly out of tune) version of Caught Somewhere In Time, complete with cheap/cheesy sounding keyboards mimicking trumpets.

Honestly, what more can be said about 6 songs that come out to 13 minutes? It's competent modern crossover that mimics its influences in a complete, satisfying swoop. Plus, it's free! You can download it from their official website. It's a fun listen, that's for sure. Being 13 minutes however, means you shouldn't take it seriously. I don't even know if this band is for real. They've released 2 13 minute demos that share the exact same sense of humor.

Nothing ground breaking, but you'd be retarded to think it ever could have been in the first place.