drop dead - ending the sadnessDROP DEAD
Ending The Sadness
Independent
1988

When you go digging hard enough, you come to realize that thrash metal in the CCM area wasn’t just a thing that didn’t happen until Intense Records was invented; no, I have to say that thrash metal was alive and well in the 1980s, and sometimes you wouldn’t know of a band unless you was great at tape and demo trading back in the day, or (like me) you happen to stumble upon something long after missing the peak time for good thrash metal from the era. As a for-instance, Drop Dead.

Drop Dead was a thrash metal band that hailed from Indianapolis, Indiana, between the years of 1987 to at least 1994, when they had the Death By Fusion compilation released. They may have broken up before that, as their final demo was released in 1990. I don’t know, not a lot of information could be gleaned from the interwebs as I was researching the band for this review.

Regardless, the focus of this review concerns Drop Dead’s first demo release, Ending The Sadness. This was the only release I was able to obtain from them, as even the aforementioned compilation CD is hard to find. I got it from a trade, in case you were wondering.

Ending The Sadness is a cassette-only demo that was released in 1988. And if there’s any contender for one of those remastering and proper re-releases through either Retroactive or Roxx Records, this is one of those that should be considered. Mainly because Ending The Sadness is a six track collection of some of the best kind of thrash metal: straight forward, furious, and hits you hard, fast and continually. The opening track “The Dawning” hits you right out of the gate with its furious thrash riff and shout style vocals, while pummeling you with its rhythmic attack. Title track “Ending The Sadness” then lulls you into a false sense of security with an acoustic opening interlude, then hooks your nose with a thrash attack that will sandblast your face off. “Fall Of The Deadly Fortress” is a great instrumental, fantastic riff; “The Revolution” goes with another acoustic opening that sounds a lot like the opening riff of “The Call Of Ktulu”, then it once again kicks you in the face with a great, meaty riff hook; “Escape Destruction” kicks off with a furious opening riff, then settles into a solid groove rhythm with a great solo; the demo ender “Doomsday” closes things with fantastic thrash metal goodness.

Overall, Ending The Sadness is a good, solid demo EP of raw and intense thrash metal, played very tight and furious. The production is a bit muffled, and there is a noticeable hiss on the tape, despite the Dolby Noise Reduction symbol on the tape cover; regardless, it’s still rather listenable and doesn’t effect my listening enjoyment whatsoever. Obviously. If you can find this, nab it and enjoy it. In the meantime, I shall do my darnedest to make others aware of this, and try to get ahold of any other of their two other demos that are floating around. Recommended.

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