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How Could We Forget… - 86%

bayern, July 21st, 2021

But first we need to know about this batch, and I suspect a huge portion of the metal fanbase have never heard of them. Still, this very obscure status wasn’t a problem for them to create some really cool music. But first things first: there are no women or girls in the line-up, having in mind the band name (meaning “an unpleasant cantankerous woman”). These are, or rather were, pretty cherubic fellows who chose the classic speed/thrash formula to entertain both themselves and the audience, which on the debut demo was served with rough, not very clear production.

However, that wasn’t really an obstacle for the guys to demonstrate their skills, and to impress the Rock Line label to give them a chance for the recording of this awesome 5-tracker here. The delivery hasn’t been changed from the one on the demo, this is old school speed/thrash, but more speed metal-fixated this time, a big plus also being the excellent high-strung clean vocals, think S.L. Coe (Scanner). An imposing epic, balladic intro (“Short Life of a Monster”) introduces both the musicians and the singer in a rousing melodious bond, before the actual slaughter starts with “Men Slaughter”, a wayward speedster with sharp cutting guitars, a headbanger second-to-none its infectious dynamics picked by the title-track, a more intricately-executed but almost as vehement composition, a nice wink at Angel Dust’s glorious first. Mentioning the Angels, the overall approach is quite comparable to their second instalment, “To Dust You Will Decay”, with Scanner’s “Terminal Earth” another close call, but think the faster-paced material (the title-track, “Not Alone”, “Buy or Die”) from that one. “Warriors” changes the setting towards dramatic mid-paced rhythms, but the effect is almost as strong, especially when “Secret Part of a Death” comes right after, a sizzling speed/thrasher, the fiery skirmishes besieged by spasms of breath-taking Oriental tunes.

This is some way to raise your middle finger to the ruling trends of the time, and to smack a most honourable tribute to the German 80’s movement, sweeping classic speed metal to the bone, also wrapped in slick crisp production. A very professionally done work that sat comfortably next to a group of practitioners (Secrecy, Brainamputation, Salvation, Frantic, etc.) from the same time period who were advocating more or less the same classic ideals. The “Buried Alive” demo saw the guys moving towards harder thrashier, also a tad more complex, ways of expression on a couple of songs, the final result almost as lofty if not even loftier.

But that was it, the band folded after that one although this wasn’t exactly the end for the lot of them: the vocalist Luigi Capodici and the drummer Siggi Woll founded another act later in the 90’s, Overfiend, and produced two fairly cool albums of old school power/speed metal, with frequent ventures into thrash, think Manila Road’s late-80’s/early-90’s period. Cantankerous and unpleasant, was that it? Yep; harridans and overfiends, they’re all the same, spitting venom and fire with reckless abandon… endlessly.