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Dirrrrty thrash - 88%

Napero, November 16th, 2009

Protected Illusion was an unfortunate case of being just a little too late to make it on any meaningful level. The band, founded in 1988 according to their MA page, was around two years after the finnish thrash explosion's main attractions, Stone, A.R.G., Airdash, and National Napalm Syndicate. The result is predictable, the band never really got anywhere, but luckily left a nice legacy of DIY demos, EPs and a full-length before disbanding.

The stuff found on 1989-1991: Watching the Wake is thrash, from the rude end of the spectrum, perhaps falling on the area that would be called "deathrash" these days. Protected Illusion remembers the origin of thrash, the amalgam of heavy metal's complexity and old-school hardcore punk's anger and speed, and the thrash on the whole compilation has plenty of angry, unpolished anger in it. Especially the vocal delivery, while not hardcore screaming in today's sense, has retained some of the old smelly kind of hardcore in its essence, and the production on most tracks could well be from a self-released hardcore 7" album from the 80s. However, the song structures, riffs and general flow of the music is pure, primordial thrash metal with a hint of old-school death metal thrown in, and enjoyable at that. Despite the hardcore influence, Protected Illusion does not quite slip into the territory labelled "crossover" today, and anyone calling this "thrashcore" does not really get it. Primitive, dirty, rude thrash is the name of the game, and they play the game well, with an occasional offside trap borrowed from the older german school of coaching.

The compilation spans from the 1989 Swimming in the Moonlight self-released EP to the similarly DIY Sandman's Store from 1991. The reasons for omitting the three post-Sandman's Store demos are not explained, but at least without any information about the later demos, it's easy to say that 1989-1991: Watching the Wake is a balanced package. The mood and production stay on an enjoyable, even level all through the album, and none of the releases falls below the others in quality or deviate from the sound very much. Too often compilations that contain interesting stuff from the ancient world stumble in their transitions between the compiled releases, and in the very worst cases, the extra tracks on re-releases of older albums tend to sound too different from the main body of interest, and kill the flow and the mood of the album. Not so here: even though it's easy to tell apart the transitions from an EP to a demo, the differences are in no way disturbing or interrupting. The whole works as an album, not merely as a collection of old tracks.

This is obscure, furious, enjoyabe and rather aggressive old thrash in a convenient bundle. There's absolutely no reason not to get this if you run across a copy. Definitely worth your time.