Review Summary: I spent 20 minutes trying to think of a summary, but I've got nothing.
If you have any knowledge of hardcore music, you will (or should) have heard of the legendary band Cro-Mags
. After their inconceivably influential debut LP was released, singer John Joseph parted ways with the band. Enter Harley Flanagan, previous bassist taking on the duty of vocals as well. Along with the change of vocalists, the band abandoned their hardcore sound and took on a more crossover thrash approach, and it shows. Songs on their debut had an average of around 2 minutes, while the songs here average around 4 and a half minutes.
As stated before, John and Harleys vocals are very different. John sounded like a British Oi! frontman, while Harley is reminiscent of a Kill' em All-era James Hetfield. You know, speaking of Metallica, this album is pretty much a more aggressive Metallica album. Solos and riffs reign supreme through the album (an incredible solo is featured around the end of Death Camps
), displaying great skill and competency from guitarists Parris and Doug. Harley Flanagan just shreds on the (audible) bass. A great example is during Fugitive
. Drums aren't anything too special (I've heard better) but they are very well-done and relentlessly pound away throughout. Production is smooth and can hear everything great. No complaints really, save for some songs drag on a little too long, and there isn't much variety through out. If you like it, great, but it doesn't really do anything for me. In closing, if you are interested in early-Metallica thrash or crossover thrash, check it out. If you're not sure, listen to Crush the Demoniac, as I feel it sums up the album perfectly.
Crush the Demoniac
Down But Not Out