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Thrash! - 86%

dannycrs8, November 28th, 2012

Since the beginning Violator showed a lot of potential. After waiting four years for a new LP since Chemical Assault i hoped that the awaiting will be justified. I was right and i am glad that Violator did not disappoint in their mission to keep thrash metal alive and at full speed.

From the very start you will see that the band achieved a musical maturity in every way. The riffs are great, violent and angry, as thrash shall be and pretty similar to the ones on Chemical Assault. The vocals are good, far from excellent, but good and unique, the drums are the average thrash drums, unfortunately very predictable and kinda repetitive, with some highlights here and there, some aggressive blasts and fills and they keep the songs going and that's what matters.

My favorite part of this album are the lyrics. If you really try to understand them you will see how much this band has grown. No more "thrashing here and thrashing there", these are serious lyrics, about serious social and political themes. They are so real it hurts. Songs like "Poisoned by ignorance", "Futurephobia" or "Deadly Sadistic Experiments" are pretty intense and open your eyes about themes that today's society avoids. Some songs are opened or ended by movie passages that are perfectly matched with the themes and make you think about the problems that the songs refer to.

Musically, Violator evolved in a good way, but not very different from their previous releases. The progression of the songs is the same, the guitar solos are interesting, but not very memorable. The bass is barely audible, but you know it's there and it's doing a good job. The mixing is very good, much better than the other recordings and all of these mixed give you a very good thrash album. If you like long songs with many tempo changes you will be sad when you will realize that this is not a long album. It only has 7 songs (and one of them is an Executer cover), and the total playing time is about 25 minutes. Although it's a fast experience, it's a memorable one.

My honest opinion is that you should try Annihilation Process if you are a thrash enthusiast and you will not be disappointed. You will sure remember the energy of this band and even if it's not the best album out there, it's surely a memorable one. It's fast, it's full of anger, it's thrash!

Try crushing your skull to this bad boy. - 87%

hells_unicorn, March 18th, 2012

Violator embodies everything inherent in thrash metal. It's not merely enough to buck the trend, it has to be violated. And all of those precious rules and societal norms that everybody clings to? They get violated as well, just for the damned hell of it. After having gotten all of the toxic bile out of their system on "Chemical Assault" they decided to do a sort of EP/LP hybrid of sorts and rediscover that magic that Metallica lost more than 20 years ago, but add to it a much needed dose of sheer, unadulterated adrenaline. And when I say adrenaline, I mean a literal needle right to heart resulting in a massive surge of energy that would rouse someone who is otherwise 100% D.O.A.

The riff assault on this dose is mostly along the lines of a turbo-charged "...And Justice For All" with a good amount of punk sensibilities to boot. The vocal assault is the only thing the defies the Metallica paradigm and comes off as more of a high-pitched shout than a typical Hetfield growl, but the bulk of the guitar work and that signature top-heavy approach is right out of the "Justice" playbook. Granted, this is a band that doesn't outright disrespect the bass as an instrument and there is something of a bottom end to this thing, but when focusing solely on the rapid paced chug riffing and super-smooth lead guitar tone, the duo of Hetfield and Hammett is the only logical conclusion.

Of course, the riff work and general guitar sound is pretty much the chief thing putting this in the Metallica paradigm as the crazed drum work is well beyond anything that Lars Urlich could ever hope to pull off. "Give Me Destruction Or Give Me Death" basically rides one massive blast beat and all but leaves the thrash metal genre in the process, conjuring up images of the beer and vomit insanity that typified Wehrmacht's mid 80s masterpiece "Shark Attack". The rest of the album mostly rests comfortably in the upper echelons of high octane thrashing, conjuring up images of the insanity that typifies Slayer and Kreator, occasionally tempered with a gallop happy approach more in line with Jon Schaeffer. Perhaps the closest thing resembling an intelligible song is "Futurephobia" which attempts to at least start things off reasonably mid-tempo before launching into that familiar bombardment of unfettered mayhem.

This is basically the same story as "Chemical Assault", but in a somewhat shorter package that can't quite make its mind up on whether it wants to be an EP or an LP. By death/thrash standards it could be either/or, but by traditional thrash standards it comes up just a tad bit short. Nevertheless, yet another must have for anyone looking to send his own head flying into a sea of moshing lunatics at the behest of the almighty riff. Be sure to check out the brutal yet faithful "Executer" cover to get a taste of where these crazed Brazilians got their sound from while you're at it.

Fast but ultimately disapointing - 70%

Idrownfish, March 10th, 2011

“Violent Mosh” was everything that you expect a classic debut to be. It was not a masterpiece, but it brimmed with potential: the band was not as good in terms of technique as they are now, and Pedro “Poney” Ret was a weak vocalist at best, but the band knew how to get things done and how to make riffs that were better than what was being composed by most of the “new wave of thrash metal” bands. In addition, the recording featured a major song that would instantly become Violator’s best-known track: “The Plague Never Dies”.

Two years later Chemical Assault came and made Violator one of the most promising contemporary thrash metal bands. The album was a trash monster, a masterpiece that would make Phil Demmel headbang until he vomited. For the first time in years, the thrash metal community could headbang to a recording without a single bad song or overused passage, and since then the band’s amazing riffs and energetic live performances have been conquering them some loyal fans. By 2009, those fans were eager to see new material from the band, and when Violator announced that they were recording a new LP, the Brazilian metal community screamed in joy.

After waiting for almost a year and having this release deleted from MA three times (someone realized that they could add it to MA with nothing but the cover and the track list... Meh), I was finally able to download it (in case you are wondering, I do have a physical copy now). Unfortunately, the first thing I would like to say about "Annihilation Process" is that it is disappointing. This EP is far from being terrible, but the band was not able to repeat what they did in “Chemical Assault” and “Violent Mosh”, and what they came up with here is simply not as great as I expected from the band that delivered tracks such as "Addicted to Mosh" and "Atomic Nightmare". If Violent Mosh was the “classic” debut and Chemical Assault the “flawless” masterpiece, Anihilation Process is little more than a “we ran out of ideas” third album. The recording is uninspired as hell, Violator's creativity seems to have fallen into stagnation and instead of their fresh and powerful songwriting, we get to see many of the symptoms of musical bankruptcy.

To say that this is a step in a different direction, however, is stretching the truth to breaking point. After all, Violator is still sticking to what it knows best: pure riff-centrism fueled by some energetic vocals, predictable drum patterns and a root-note-spamming bass. However, the fast tempo is omnipresent in this recording, which is exciting at first but ends up making the LP somewhat boring once you listen to two or three songs in a row. In addition, the riffs are far from being as great as they are in Chemical Assault, even if they are a lot faster now. Violator even abandoned their most common theme: thrash. Instead of singing about the glory of thrash and that moshing is his reason to live, Poney sings about slightly more political themes, and unfortunately, the lyrics not only sound less sincere now but also suffered a heavy downgrade.

Perhaps what made “Chemical Assault” so great was the fact that the band already knew how to do everything and still could do everything. “Annihilation Process” is not a total loss. Creativity is rare but glimpses of it are present, and the album features some passages that provide some nice moshing, but the energy that was the core of Chemical Assault and Violent Mosh is mostly absent. Two tracks definitely stand out from the rest: “Futurephobia”, a display of technique that manages to be somewhat creative, and “Poisoned by Ignorance”, an incredibly fast song that has an exciting introduction, a very good first riff and a godlike refrain. We also get to see an Execute cover, which is always welcome.

This recording is far from being terrible, but it is on the limit between regular and good.

SO THRASH IT’S SICKENING - 89%

maggotsoldier626, January 6th, 2011

Let me start off by saying this is a great release, in my opinion Violator’s best, not saying that I don’t love Chemical Assault or its crappy engineering, this is a big step away from what they have put out in the past. They really have shown progression on this release in every aspect but the vocals. The riffs are a little more complicated, the lyrics are a little more political, the drummer stepped it up a tad (mostly with fills and speed), and the bass is more audible. Plus the sound quality is very good and you get an Executer cover.

I felt that on this release they decided to go back to their roots with a political feel. They dropped the whole “thrash maniacs” ordeal and just played original, from the heart, thrash metal. Like I said before this was step in a different direction for Violator, and I think this was just what they needed. Every aspect of this album is great, the riffs are great (Apocalypse Engine has an awesome neck wrecking breakdowns), the drums fit in just right with some slight variation from song to song, you can hear the bass every now and again, and the lyrics couldn’t have gotten any more political, even for a Brazilian band, but I still can’t quite understand what the guy is saying.

Other than that minor mishap with the vocals, this was a solid release, from what I believe to be the best band to come out of Brazil. Even better than Sepultura, that’s right I said it, better than Sepultura. I highly recommend you check this one out if you haven’t already. It will not disappoint.

Best Tracks: Give Me Destruction or Give Me Death, Uniformity is Conformity, Apocalypse Engine Deadly Sadistic Experiments, and Futrephobia.