This End Up
The fucking best thing released in a given year! This
band shits all over everyone else. Were I less of a
rationalist, I would suggest that someone "up there"
doesn't want this album reviewed. Twice my reviews
have fallen victim to CPU failures and HD
reformattings. The tape always seems to disappear when
I most want to listen to it. It probably has more to
do with me being a stoner and a schizophrenic, though.
How do I explain this band to the uninitiated? There
is a definite nod to the 80s beginnings of death metal
(POSSESSED! in particular), but not a heavy-handed
retro trip as some have complained about when
associated with bands such as EXECUTIONER. There is
also an underlying element of humor evident, much in
the same way that EXODUS lyrics were both violent and
somewhat silly at the same time. Don't let that (or
frontman Lord Vic's portrayal of Rampage as something
less than serious) fool you. This is a landmark album
for the underground. I just don't know of another band
that does anything like this. Being from the OLD
school (I remember getting the VENOM "Die Hard" single
back when IRON MAIDEN was de rigeur), I really
appreciate "catchy" thrash and death metal, with hooks
and choruses, and this album is chock full of it.
You'll find yourself shouting out "SATANIC DEATH!" and
"THE GATES OF THE ABYSS!" at the most inopportune
moments. And don't let all of my misty-eyed talk of
the "goode olde days" scare you off. This work stands
up on its own as an example of the newest wave of
metal, it just never forgets where it came from. Too
many bands seem to think life began with CARCASS, and
they lack the background that would enable them to
write ORIGINAL music. Luckily, this trend seems to be
on the decline. I won't detail this album song by
song, because you're going to order a copy, right?
Besides, this is the third time I've written this
review. Another item of interest is the fact that
Rampage has resurrected a song from a defunct Georgia
band. Both this song, "Black Mass at the Witches
Sabbath", and the rest of the album would have rivaled
anything put out in 1985, and they put most things
released in 1999 to shame. Enough. Rampage rules.
Always have, always will. HAIL S8N!!1111!!!
© 1999 jason gortician