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Noktorn, April 23rd, 2009

I like to think the Japanese live in a perpetual time warp, but whatever time you want it to be is the warp they're in. It's like they're a living cultural history museum for the rest of the world. This is the only reason there could possibly be a band like Narcotic Greed; this band's style of primitive speed/thrash metal hasn't existed since 1984 at the latest, but here they are, playing it as though it just happened yesterday. I can't say I'm particularly fond of the whole thing, but the sheer novelty of it has made it get more than a couple listens out of me.

This most closely resembles Nuclear Assault in general delivery: it's closer to a fusion of NWOBHM and hardcore punk than it really is thrash proper, though it certainly does have substantial influences from the latter, and the delivery sounds like something you might hear in the very early '80s overall. Granted, some concessions have been made to modernity: production values are an obvious one, and aggression and technical ability are a couple others, but overall this is a substantially more oldschool release than even the typical modern oldschool releases. Vocals are a high-pitched barking yelp which sometimes turns into a silly little wail, right out of some forgotten thrash bands second rehearsal demo. They're one of the most notable features of the music and executed pretty well despite their obvious comical elements.

The riffs have a great deal of punk and NWOBHM influence, and even a bit of glam from time to time, resembling the heaviest moments of Mötley Crüe in certain moments. In general, though, they're speedy thrash riffs with a big emphasis on precise right hand work and rapidly changing riffsets. They're catchy and engaging enough to be serviceable for the music, though not particularly stellar in any way except in technical precision in that they're impeccably timed and flawlessly played. Drums are similar in this regard: not particularly unique in any way, but capable and technically proficient despite the lack of overt remarkability.

That's really how most of this music goes: it doesn't experiment much (except for a couple strange forays into clean guitar interludes) and it doesn't really extend itself very far even within the confines of the chosen genre, but it's well-played, reasonably intelligently composed with enough variation to keep your attention, and overall, not a bad way to kill some time. Not a mandatory release by any means, but lovers of oldschool speed/thrash stuff would be advised to check this one out if possible.