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Back From Beyond - 70%

Hames_Jetfield, June 10th, 2021

Seeing such a name of the band like Inhuman Condition does not put much pressure on the keyboard of a good one,'s probably even better. Well, the greater surprise is that there can be still something meaningful from the cds of (old) Massacre and with much better results than on "Back From Beyond"! After the excesses there, one could have assumed that "Rat°God" would turn out to be a crap - I assumed so, expecting the worst. The most interesting thing is that Terry Butler is the main creator of Inhuman Condition, a musician who - it would seem - was/is the least involved in the post-reunion drama Massacre. Together with Taylor Nordberg (guitar) and Jeramie Kling (drums/vocals) he managed to create an "From Beyond" type longplay, and at the same time to compose it well enough not to fall into cheap sentiments.

So there was everything that was so lacking on "Back From Beyond", ie. the right breath of freshness (of old age), some own identity and memorable arrangements. Only this, and so much. It was also obvious that "Rat°God" would be largely imitative, and sometimes even involving self-plagiarism, buuut it was difficult to expect something completely different from such a name and (partially) band members. After all, it was about the classic return to the past from the very beginning of the Inhuman Condition idea. Anyway, after this album (and the band) you can see that the demand for music like "From Beyond" is still strong, and it makes sense under the guise of new albums.

These 9 songs are actually the essence of the style of the known album. This can be heard from the riffs, paces, atmosphere, "whammy" solos (in "Tyrantula" even Rick Rozz was tempted to make a guest appearance), melodies and simple patterns. I would see minor differences here only in terms of slightly larger thrash proportions in relation to those deathy and clearly different vocals, where Kling - in my opinion - is much closer to the frontmen of Cancer or Messiah, than to Kam Lee's deep growls. Fortunately, both of these things come so much to the advantage, that songs such as "Crown Of Mediocrity", "The Neck Step" or "Planetary Paroxysm" - despite the huge number of references - only benefit from it, and not they cause insufficiency or absentmindedness.

I was not very convinced about the next incarnation of Massacre and another related pseudo-sentimental nativity reunion, but well!, "Rat°God" is quite a successful debut, nicely referring to the best times of well-known band and better performed than "Back From Beyond". It turned out so well that the whole madness of former and present members of Massacre, while I listened to "Rat°God", ceased to be so important to me.

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