I am definitely convinced that right now is a really good time for apocalyptic-themed thrash metal. I also think this album is among the best examples of that style that I’ve heard in the last months.
That album kicks ass, from its first track, which starts with an immediate explosion of riffs and screams, until the end, and it has an energy that never fades. You only need to hear the angry, thrashing beasts of Indoctrinate and Bleed the Crown to be sure of that. But just listen to the angriest and heaviest tracks like The Age of Disinformation, Childhood’s End (not an Iron Maiden cover). Or the more complex but no less heavy Empire of Shame and the monstruous Disposable Liberty, which show off the band’s songwriting chops. Overall, it’s a great album to rock out to.
And to scream about all your anger and frustration to. The main theme of the album would be all the things wrong with society, but especially the various forms of indoctrination and misinformation going on. OK, maybe it’s not exactly the most complex and subtle social commentary you’ve ever heard, but it’s compelling enough, especially The Age of Disinformation and its screams about being “abandoned by society”. There’s also Childhood’s End, about hating everything.
Musically, it’s pure thrash metal, with all its best elements: anger, social commentary, wild energy, and nods to both the old school and the new school of thrash. Rise and Fall, for example, is a straight up thrash number, with fast riffs and screaming vocals. Childhood’s End has a more old school vibe, with more power metal type of vocals. Other tracks also use more clean but still aggressive vocals, which create some catchy choruses on Indoctrinate, and make Bleed the Crown and Through the Glass sound like modern updates of 80’s metal songs. We Stand Alone has a similar mean energy and catchy riff, as well as some nice call-and-response and high notes on the chorus. Into the Well has some really nice power metal riffs, that will make you think of many epic heavy and thrash metal songs.
Really, this album is made of great thrash metal numbers, from start to finish. Maybe they’re not all as remarkable as each other, but they all have a great energy and a meanness that never diminish. As I said, that’s an album that kicks ass from beginning to end, and it has some pretty good songs too, and many moments to enjoy. Definitely one I’d recommend, and one of the best releases of the last few months. A great way to start the new year.
Release date: February 5th, 2021
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