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Thrashers from Hell? - 85%

Implar, April 28th, 2011

Thrash Metal is having a revival the last few years with new and old bands alike producing new albums. Prematory is the former, being formed in 2007. Suiciety is there first full-length album.

Their influence is clear: old-school thrash metal. As many bands nowadays, they have been heavily influenced by Metallica, the rawer Kill ‘Em All in particular. This makes for a fairly simple, straightforward album.

The album consists of 8 tracks, one of them being a 37 second long intro. The intro consists of samples of explosion and adds no further value to the album. In my opinion, intros are only valuable when you want to set a certain mood on an album, like the loneliness of depression often found in black metal records. However, this album, like most other thrash albums, is much more straightforward.

After the intro comes the meat of the album. 7 fast, aggressive songs, reducing your neck to a simple instrument required to bang your head. Lyrically this album is nothing out of the ordinary with songs about nuclear war, pain, and thrash itself. It is still a fairly young band, and it shows in this aspect. The lyrics are mainly used as a melody, often repeating the same few sentences over and over. It seems as if the lyrics were written with a thesaurus in hand, as the words rhyming each other often don’t make that much sense in the context of the song.

That being said, the album is much better than one would expect from a self-released album in a world where there are already so many good thrash records. The vocals have a very good range from grunt-like sounds on tracks like We’re the Titans and Wasted Lives to high screams reminiscent of Overkill.

Also standing out are the lead guitar and bass guitar. In thrash metal, guitar solo’s are deemed quite necessary, as albums not incorporating them are often slammed down because of it. Yes St. Anger, I’m looking at you. Luckily, there are solo’s aplenty, all of them very enjoyable and cleanly executed. the lead guitarist also has a solo project, so he knows how to keep it entertaining, using a mix of fast shredding and long bent notes.

The bassist is also very capable of playing his four-string. The bass supports the drum and guitar while not playing the exact same notes, which is a feature often forgotten as most bassists simply copy the guitarist. The bass leads me to another important aspect of this album: the sound. Considering this is self-released, the mix is extremely well put together, showcasing all the good stuff whether it’s a riff, a guitar solo, or bass lick.

If you are a fan of thrash metal in general, this album is definitely for you. Personal favorites include Thrashers from Hell, Nuclear Tsunami, and Thrash Olympics.