Hanging out on the edge of the thrash genre with MOD and SOD, the Mentors represented the side of thrash that took thematically after punk; most thrash either placed metal riffs in punk songs (Cryptic Slaughter, Suicidal Tendencies, Fearless Iranians From Hell) or punk riffs in metal songs (DRI, Dead Horse) and took after one of the two thematically, but the Mentors kept the party and sleaze side of punk alive.
Tags: elbow deep, gore-grind, Grindcore, mentors, Thrash
Thrash bands like DRI and Cryptic Slaughter bridged the years between hardcore failing and grindcore appearing. They took punk back to its roots as total alienation and made some great music by picking up the metal style of riffing, which is why they were described as crossover bands. Sanity Control seeks to revive those years.
Tags: Crossover, sanity control, Thrash
Innovators of California thrash Cryptic Slaughter return with a cover of their classic song “Nation of Hate” featuring its newest lineup, a twin-guitar attack featuring longtime guitarist Les Evans teamed up with Repulsion shredder Matt Olivo.
Tags: cryptic slaughter, repulsion, Thrash
Inspired by recent events, Texas thrash/crossover band released a song from a demo cut in 2016. This song, “Separate Corners,” points out that we cannot all get along, and maybe humanity should just take a time out in its respective corners by religion, class, race, special interest, etc., until at least some of us get our shit together.
Tags: birth a.d., Crossover, Hardcore Punk, Thrash
The Accüsed came to life in 1981 as a punk/metal-act from Seattle who indulge in a self-coined musical style interchangeably referred to as “splatter core” or “splatter rock.” Releasing their debut full-length album in 1985, The Accüsed developed tangentially to thrash luminaries such as D.R.I., C.O.C. and Cryptic Slaughter, with whom they share musical characteristics. Like the latter, the Accüsed applies metallic riffing to rudimentary song structures fueled by the raging intensity of hardcore punk.
Tags: Crossover, Speed Metal, the accused, Thrash
Accept is a band best remembered for their old school song called “Balls to the Wall”, which used to play on the Headbanger’s Ball. Driving my BMV down the Autobahn at 120MPH through the Black Forest, I stopped in Bad Reichenhall. You know how they always have insane amounts of Gummy Bears everywhere in Germany. And then next to them are porno mags and stuff like biker lifestyle mags. Those were where I found out that Accept was still going strong at the time. It never ceases to amaze. This band just keeps hanging around, like a bad STD. Here they are again 20 years later. And they have this new album Rise of Chaos, which sounds like a cross between Sabbath’s Dehumanizer and an Exodus album.
Tags: 2018, accept, Balls to the Wall, classic metal, Headbanger's ball, Heavy Metal, iron maiden, metal, STDs, The Rise of Chaos, Thrash
Every year we are treated to an endless amount of ridiculous lists. It seems that any individual with the ability to express their opinions is obligated to share their Top 10 or top 20 metal releases that more often than not echo the same three websites. The bands that enter such lists tend to come in two varieties: veterans rehashing the same ideas in a more streamlined fashion and those who trick their audience via the use of gimmicks and presenting a familiar product with slightly different aesthetics as the next big thing. In these last two years, speed metal has conquered the number 1 spot of most of these lists. Last year Vektor’s Terminal Redux ruled the metal lists by far with it’s melody derived from Voivod and the phrasings from Destruction’s Eternal Devastation all held together in long sloppily composed epics… ultimately resulting in an above average album but a strong move for the funderground. This year, Texans Power Trip succeed in winning the “funderground 2017 award” with their second album Nightmare Logic. The Speed metal revival movement has finally found its idols to guide it’s path of remaining in the past and offering the most faithful reproduction of late 80s speed/thrash.
Tags: 2017, funderground, Hardcore, hipsters, power trip, Thrash
Review by Linus Douglas.
Heresiarch is the only band to have made so-called ‘war metal’ into something that was not just head bashing and blood splattering nonsense.
Tags: 2017, dark descent, dark descent records, Grindcore, heresiarch, new zealand, review, Thrash, thrash metal, War Metal
Metalheads tend to be wary of punk, recognizing it only for its role as an influence on metal. This attitude obscures the fact that the best of punk is worth exploring on its own terms and merits, starting with perhaps the greatest influence of punk technique and heightened aesthetics in that genre, hardcore punk‘s The Misfits.
Tags: Crossover, Earth A.D., glenn danzig, Hardcore, Hardcore Punk, punk, punk rock, the misfits, Thrash
Some metal was created to be enjoyed drunk and alone with reality TV blaring in the background.
Tags: Brutal Death Metal, collision, Crossover, crossover thrash, Goregrind, Grindcore, hammerheart records, Orchectomy, sadistic metal reviews, Thrash, thrash metal