Lich King
Born of the Bomb


4.0
excellent

Review

by BlackLlama USER (40 Reviews)
October 2nd, 2012 | 59 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ALL HAIL THE LICH KING!

Thrash metal in all of its various shapes and forms should be shredding riff fest mixed in with a bucket of attitude and sealed with a back-patch worthy album cover. There are many different leans that the genre can take, yet in the end we are brought back by our desire to find another riff worthy of more neck and upper back specific cartilage damage. Lich King is very much a band in the mold of the great thrash masters from the 80’s and 90’s. Listening to their previous work at times was like taking a time machine back to the mid 80’s and early 90’s.

For fans of the band (and the genre) I am happy to report that while not much has changed, everything has matured. Wait, scratch that please, the term improved is more fitting as the band is still excellently rooted in immaturity. Born of the Bomb is classic thrash with a major dose of fun and refreshingly lacking in pretentiousness. Your reviewer is a big fan of all of their work, this release absolutely, and let me be serious here for a moment, shreds your face off. Yes, when you are done listening you will be a mangled, faceless corps on the ground with your neck broken in at least 4,356 pieces. We’re talking serious business from the gentleman in Lich King.

First listening to All Hail one is reminded of tracks like Overkill’s [/i]New Machine or Metallica’s Frayed Ends of Sanity with a few moments of friendly mob chanting followed by an excellent grooving riff. Immediately the increased production effort stands out. Previous forays into the world of Lich King have often sounded rather muddied and muffled. This release still keeps the old-school thrash essence while not managing to sound like it was recorded in someone’s basement. Clean and technical with that dirty edge that reminds you there is a soul behind the music. Hell, you can even hear the bass on this release! Lyrically the band stays very true to their previous works and abstains from taking themselves too seriously.

Tom Martin’s vocal delivery is a love it or leave it deal, and sounds like a spoken word mix of 1982 Overkill and mid 90’s death metal. Breaking out of his mold from the last 4 releases he even manages to pull off some outstanding, Halford worthy shrieks. The most notable instances of this come during the bands stellar cover of Agents of Steel’s Agents of Steel. The band is musically more proficient than ever. Founding member Joe Nickerson moving from bass to guitar and the addition of new guitarist Rob Pellegri and bassist Dave Hughes have given way to a ***-ton of riffs. Brian Westbrook’s drumming has always been a highlight for the band and does not let up on this release. Much of the disjointed approach that was found on their previous releases has been eliminated and it makes for a much more enjoyable listening experience. Whether it is attributed to the new members, the increased production or the bands growing experience this is an improved sonic assault from the bay area boys(Massachusetts’s bay that is!).

Is Born of the Bomb a 5 star metal opus that will unite the world like the Wyld Stallions? No. Axe Cop, while the concept is unique (I think they were trying to pull off the auditory equivalent of a comic book) it breaks up the flow of the album at that point and feels like too much of a throwback to their ‘Black Metal Sucks’ days. The placement of the aforementioned cover as the second to last song detracts from the album’s overall flow. While the band has always ended each release with another chapter in the “Lich King” saga, it really throws a wrench in the work this time. I almost felt as if I was finished listening once the Agents of Steel cover was over and felt odd that there was another song. Had the order been switched they would have ended on a high note, both actually and figuratively.

Revival thrash is a sticky subject with many people. The purists all seem to wish that the genre had gone away for good back in the early 90’s while other people wear their pretentiousness like a badge of honor. Do your ears a favor and your neck a disservice; forget about labels for a few minutes, forget what year it is and that thrash hasn’t been “real” since (insert whatever release from 1989 that you thought was great here) was released Check out the Lich King, Born of the Bomb is a prime example of how to do to thrash metal the right way.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
thijsvanleer
October 2nd 2012


172 Comments


no

ThroneOfAgony
October 2nd 2012


3485 Comments


lol

ThroneOfAgony
October 2nd 2012


3485 Comments


Album cover looks like something from a disney movie

BlackLlama
October 2nd 2012


1705 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album cover looks like something from a disney movie

As said, back-patch worthy.

LichKing
October 2nd 2012


14 Comments


Guaranteed, thijsvanleer didn't listen to a single track. Just another bitter cunt with an agenda.

Thanks Mr. Llama.

thijsvanleer
October 2nd 2012


172 Comments


sorry was never into cover bands, if i wana jam exodus i'll listen to em faggot

LichKing
October 2nd 2012


14 Comments


Just like I said: another bitter cunt with an agenda.

LichKing
October 2nd 2012


14 Comments


Fun-fact that Brian just pointed out to me: this is the only one of our albums that WAS recorded in someone's basement, haha

thijsvanleer
October 2nd 2012


172 Comments


if thats really a band member than your band sucks dick, try ripping off aspid or some other thrash band that hasnt been ripped of 500 times before, you'll be considered unique!!!!!!!!!

LichKing
October 2nd 2012


14 Comments


Yes, bands with members named "Brian" suck dick. Well spotted.

thijsvanleer
October 2nd 2012


172 Comments


you you dumb bitch, rip off bands that havent already been ripped off and you'll stand out from havok, bonded by blood and all those other rip offs ;)

LichKing
October 2nd 2012


14 Comments


Yes, bands with members named "Brian" suck dick. Well spotted.

thijsvanleer
October 2nd 2012


172 Comments


wow completely ignoring my post ok dude i tried to help you, its not every day a thrash master helps out a shitty revival band but i guess you dont want my help well stay queef bro when you want some good thrash outside the big 6 feel free to ask!!!!!

HitlerIsTheBest
October 2nd 2012


1575 Comments


lol what an asshole.

LichKing
October 2nd 2012


14 Comments


That was a double-post.

We don't rip off bands... not that you'll ever know, because you'll never listen to the new stuff and hear for yourself that it's fucking good. Keep hating.

thijsvanleer
October 2nd 2012


172 Comments


lol agreed ive never heard lich king its too raw for me and the only good modern thrash band is vektor check them out learn a thing or two, and by that i mean rip em off!

ThroneOfAgony
October 2nd 2012


3485 Comments


hey kill

thijsvanleer
October 2nd 2012


172 Comments


sup jammin sum death magnetic these queefs could learn sumthin

LichKing
October 2nd 2012


14 Comments


"This is killer," "Agnosticism is just crushing balls," "damn this riff is way sick"
-Vektor's drummer, listening to our new album. Your move.

thijsvanleer
October 2nd 2012


172 Comments


wow are you stupid hes being polite hes not gonna say wow this shit sucks i heard this back in 86 but only this time around it has shitty protols fuck shit production which sucks all the life out of it is he cos they are greatguys and they dont like to bring the mood down, bitch



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