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Vehement Thrash Metal With Face Melting Solos - 91%

felix headbanger, October 29th, 2017
Written based on this version: 2017, Digital, Test Your Metal Records

When people talks about Canadian thrash metal, what comes immediately into my mind are the works of Razor, Exciter (yes, I consider their work during 1983 thrash though they are labeled as speed metal), Slaughter, Annihilator, and Voivod. Who would not remember such killer records as "Evil Invaders", "Heavy Metal Maniac", "Strappado", "Alice in Hell", and "War and Pain". Those who are fond of collecting old relics from the glory days of thrash can fortify the next words that I am going to utter. That those Canadian metal acts mentioned above can throw down as hard as those bands coming from the Bay Area and Germany. The next record that I am going to review is the work of Terrifier, and I can most certainly vouch that this offering must be added to that list of highly recommended Canadian thrash releases.

Terrifier is a British Columbia-based thrash metal quintet that was formed in 2003 as Skull Hammer. The band changed their name in June 2012 after releasing a full-length album way back 2011. "Weapons of Thrash Destruction" is their sophomore studio record after their debut of "Destroyers of the Faith" in 2012 carrying the name Terrifier. What "Weapons of Thrash Destruction" bring to the table is 42 minutes of fierce and unrestrained thrash music. With electrifying and bellicose tracks such as 'Reanimator', 'Nuclear Demolisher', 'Violent Reprisal', 'Drunk as Fuck', 'Bestial Tyranny', and 'Sect of the Serpent'; the band doesn't fall short in supplying blatantly aggressive guitar riffs, kick ass solos, supersonic drumming, and superb vocals.

The band had prospered in handing their listeners with some real good metal tunes which are pleasantly reminiscent of an earlier time when groups like Exodus, Overkill, Nuclear Assault, and Testament were furnishing tasty extreme metal blowout for headbangers all around the globe. The igneous and hasty guitar riffs present in this album will make the listeners go ape-shit while banging to the material. Both Brent Gallant and Rene Wilkinson showed splendid skills behind the axes that they are handling. And the solos are on a top level execution. They totally supplied their audiences with a bombardment of top-grade guitar shredding in here. In fact, even some of the tracks that do not stand out appears more fun to listen to, because of those fucking awesome solos.

I also would like to mention how the bassist did well on his role in this release. Hearers of the offering can totally feel Alexander Giles's presence, and there are times that his bass playing really stands out momentarily. The drum work, though not that one of a kind, contributed as a solid mantle to the overall music that the band was able to engineer. Kyle Sheppard had dispensed a sufficient amount of diversity behind the kit that it amplified more profundity and punch to Terrifier's already exuberant resonance.

Chase Thibodeau's vocals are also adequate, and his technique suits the songs in the record very well. Chase's higher pitched shrieks are the clear zenith of his performance in this opus. And of course, the production had met the highest standard of accuracy in this release. I usually prefer a more raw production when it comes to thrash albums as it gives a more hostile feel to the whole product, but I certainly can make an exemption for substantial records like this one.

This offering may not be an inventive or advance thrash metal piece, but still it's a terrific release for a group who takes their listeners to a ride down memory lane with their supersonic and turbocharge thrash metal music. Fans of old school state of the art speed metal and 80s thrash will definitely dig this masterpiece.

Originally written for www.thepitofthedamned.com