Music Review: FREAKINGS – Toxic End

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FREAKINGS - Toxic EndFREAKINGS
Toxic End
Independent
2017

Back in the 2000s, there was a bit of a resurgence of the thrash style of metal, with bands like Havok and Municipal Waste and others resurrecting not only the music, but also the aesthetic that came with it. It was dubbed “re-thrash”, and had its share of detractors from the metal nerds (which I could see their point; why listen to something that sounds like Exodus, when you can just listen to Exodus? And so on…). Personally, I reveled in the sudden resurgence of not only new, younger and hungry thrash bands, but also the way it kicked the old guard in the rear end when it came to getting back to their roots since the great Metal Dark Age that was the 1990s. It may have been played by bands who weren’t even alive in the 1980s, but boy were they a much-needed shot of \,,/METAL\,,/ adrenaline at a time when it seemed metalcore was the only thing going.

Which brings us to the band FreaKings. Hailing from Switzerland, this is a band that, for whatever reason, managed to escape my notice until just recently, when i happened upon them mentioned at the Christian Metal Distro page, and was able to purchase the download of their third album Toxic End off of Amazon. And holy bovine, what was I missing all this time.

From the opening track “Hell On Earth”, right through to the ending cut “No More Excuses”, Toxic End is a barrage of unrelenting thrash metal played fast, loose and heavy. There are some good riffs employed, and more than a few rather tasty rhythms and hooks thrown in to make things a lot more interesting than your standard thrash collection. The vocals use the standard throaty, raspy shout with a snarl type, giving the band a strong comparison to that of Municipal Waste, Havok and Toxic Holocaust.

Overall, while it didn’t change my world as much as some of the classic releases in thrash’s golden age, but in the desert of good metal, Toxic End is an oasis of thrash goodness. I’m going to have to see about acquiring their previous two releases now. Recommended.

Music Review: ADVENTUS – Hell Will Fall

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ADVENTUS - Hell Will FallADVENTUS
Hell Will Fall
Independent
2011

There is hardly any information that I can glean for the band Adventus. Hardly. Anything. And I have some mad Google skills, here. They’re not even listed on the definitive Christian rock and metal database, the Firestream Vault. There’s a bit at the Encyclopaedia Metallum, stating they’re from Russia, and…that’s about it, besides the discography bits. And those album titles are in Russian, not English. Which leads me to think, this may not be the same band. Because, somehow I managed at one point to ascertain that the EP we’re reviewing was released in 2011. Also, the logo on the album art doesn’t match the band on Metal-Archives. I can’t even remember how I came into possession of this thing, really. This is kind of a maddening mystery, the more I try and think about it.

So, regardless of my inability to glean any kind of interesting talking points about the background of either the band or this release, I still have the music to talk about. And if you can find this somehow, floating around out there, try and nab it, because this is a four track collection of some of the better THRASH that I have had the pleasure of listening to. The opening track, “Forgive Me” starts things off with some heavy stinking thrash metal with a great riff to get us primed and going. The next track, “Sepultura”, has a tasty dark opening riff, then settles into a great thrash hook, with kind of a death metal break. “Sky Or Hell” has a piano opening things, then goes into a great metal hook, with a very good mosh break within. The closing track, “Hell Will Fall” has some great riffs and leads going for it, giving this EP a rather satisfying end.

Overall, despite where and how I came across this, Hell Will Fall was a pretty good bit of THRASH metal with a bit of Death Metal influences thrown in. The production is decent, with a rawness that works in the music’s favor. It just boggles my mind that I can’t seem to find any information on either the band or this release. Regardless, good find with some rather good thrash contained therein.

NECRO SHOCK RADIO – May 6, 2017

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MAY 6, 2017

Finally, after taking two weeks off to deal with a massive sinus cold infection, Uncle NecRo is back to continue the weekly dispelling of the Brutal Music Therapy we all crave…

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NECRO SHOCK RADIO – 2017 Easter Special

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NECRO SHOCK RADIO – Mandatory March: ULTIMATUM

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NECRO SHOCK RADIO – Mandatory March: LIVING SACRIFICE

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