high on radiation LP
Label: iron shield records

order number SW15706


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Many of you are probably aware of this by now, but Thrash Metal absolutely refuses to die, as evidenced by the genre’s mid/late-2000s resurgence headed by such powerhouse bands asHAVOKEVILE, and WARBRINGER. There are a good number of success stories, as the aforementioned bands, as well as a handful of others, have contributed some of the most ass-kicking, pit-starting music in Metal during the last decade. However, there are just as many worthwhile bands as there are straight-up clones of early-period EXODUS (except not as good).REACTORY, a group from Berlin, Germany, fall closer to the former with their strong new LP“High On Radiation”.

On the first track, the aptly-named “Shell Shock”REACTORY immediately let the listener know they mean business, with the song’s machine-gun guitars and pummeling drums setting the tone for the album as a whole with this fairly catchy offering. Stylistically, a good musical comparison would be the late 80s band EVILDEAD, who played a similar brand of brutal, technically skillful thrash informed equally by hardcore punk, as evidenced by the album’s breakneck pace and shouted vocals. 

Each song on “High On Radiation” is far from basic in composition, showing an impressive amount of polish for such a young group. The rhythm section is also particularly noteworthy, providing a solid rhythmic backbone while never missing a beat, a difficult task demanded by the speed of each song that the band nevertheless seems to accomplish without breaking a sweat. While the band falls a tad short in terms of variety, they make up for it with an absolute lack of filler or unnecessary elements such as misplaced acoustic guitars or drawn-out, spoken-word intro’s.

“High On Radiation” is one of the more satisfying offerings you’ll find if you’re looking for good, old-school-informed Thrash, especially for a debut album. While taking obvious cues from their inspirations, the band never sound overly derivative, and deliver a solid performance throughout. I would recommend this album highly to fans of the Thrash, Speed, and Crossover genres, though anyone who can appreciate fast, angry, uncompromising Metal, regardless of genre, would do well to check this one out. ( metal temple )

This item is tagged as:
  • Metal
  • Thrash Metal

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