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The Aggression That Brought Down the Numetal Order - 86%

bayern, February 5th, 2018

Well, aggression may be a bit subjective cause in this particular case this word isn’t used to describe some brutal death/grind or unrestrained Slayer-esque thrash, but is used to denote an attitude rather than the actual ways of execution. Cause on the album reviewed here we have a classic blend of power, speed and thrash along the lines of Manticora, Paradox and Hellfire performed with a lot of verve and seeping… well, aggression.

The guys started in the distant 1991 when their desire was to be a part of the spawning power/speed metal movement in their homeland, reflected in one demo (“Eye Protection Required”) recorded in 1994. Not much activity in their camp was registered afterwards until the appearance of this “aggressive” opus which saw the band hardening the course, adhering to more intense thrashy tools of the trade although “Dawn of Evil” is a complex power/speedster with echoes of early Scanner also introducing the good forceful clean vocals and the playful memorable aura which is partially dissipated by the more aggressive approach on “Who’s Inside Me”, a both more technical and slower proposition with a sprawling balladic section. “Dead End” is a shorter headstrong speed/thrasher that would be a delight for the headbangers the guys keeping the catchy choruses firmly in place before “Terror Rules” complicates the environment with more mazey arrangements ala Manticora, producing a masterpiece of multi-layered, also quite dynamic metal which even receives a brief keyboard-driven “baptism”.

“Live Your Dreams” surrenders to the ballad initially, with beautiful female vocals making the atmosphere more poignant, and although the guys start moshing more forcefully later, the delivery remains on the heavy, semi-balladic side giving the lead guitarist a chance to show what he’s capable of. The latter keeps himself busier at the start of “Centuries in Fear” as well this piece a heavy academic stomper without any speedy temptations, but “Detroux” is a fast lashing cut with sparse more dramatic embellishments, the boiling setting ultimately pacified by the nice lyrical ballad “Silence” (part 1). The second part of that “Silence” is an epic progressive power/thrasher with fine melodic tunes and a couple of more twisted intricate riff-formulas in the best tradition of Hellfire.

Not very “silent”, this epitaph, the band pleasantly surprising with this assured slab of old school metal although at the same time the retro metal canons showed signs of restoration attempts, our German heroes only too willing to participate in this exciting new/old campaign. Alongside other bands (Psychotron, Mind-Ashes, Subcutane, Couragous, Blackend, Blood Red Angel, etc.) who appeared towards the late-90’s, Out of Order added up to the German scene’s reputation as the unofficial flag carrier of this movement. They shot one more full-length three years later, another very cool portion of the same blend, maybe more immediate and more thrash-prone, but after it another not very productive period has followed, lasting up to this day. I doubt that the guys are out of order… most likely they’ve been hoarding aggressive riffs these past few years, waiting for the right time to unleash them and dethrone another detrimental phenomenon on the field.