Aspid
Extravasation


5.0
classic

Review

by facupm USER (21 Reviews)
January 23rd, 2013 | 1124 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Feel the Thrash

NOTE: I am reviewing the original release of the album, not the 2007 remastered version, which is sped up an simply not as good.

Аспид (let's call it Aspid) were a not-so-known Russian Thrash metal band which only released this single album. They played a branch of very fast and technical Thrash Metal. God knows why, they never were too famous and they quickly split ways after releasing Кровоизлияние (Extravasation). Luckily, this band was gentle enough to leave us one gem of an album, an absolute overlooked masterpiece of the genre, which should be regarded as one from every aspect.

The first thing you notice of a Thrash album and the first thing you'll look for are the riffs. Oh my god these riffs. To put it simply, they are awesome. Most of them are fast, and all of them are very technical and varied. The slower ones are powerful as well and every single one is intrincate, complicated and perfectly executed by the guitarist whose name is Aleksander Sidorchik (I spent half an hour to find their names). But this description may sound of any good Thrash record out there, but these riffs are different. You can understand them, more than listening to them, you can realize they mean something, and that something really rules. If you want to check this, listen to Extravasation or Towards One Goal, songs which display what I am trying to express much better than my words. Sidorchik also delivers inventive and excellent solos which improve the already cool atmosphere set by the rhythm part of the band. You do not need to be a genius to realize this guy knows what he is doing with his guitar. And being the only guitarist, this even highlights even more his performance.

Even if the guitar work is the most important or transcendent part of a metal album and especially this type of technical Thrash, the rest of the band is really skilled too, and their part on this album is perfectly executed. The drummer is actually a defining element on this album's sound. He plays fast and aggressively, and in perfect harmony with the guitars, but he never loses the sense of rhythm and is inventive at the time of improvising and drum-filling. He shines the most probably on Comatose State, a song which is downright thrashy as Thrash can get. The bass lines follow the guitars in terms of technicality, and are audible throughout the whole album, which is a remarkable advantage since this is not very frequent within the genre. Take for instance Where The Night or Towards One Goal, where the bass plays a predominant role, especially on the former one. Finally, the fourth member of Aspid, the vocalist, is another important aspect of the album. His vocals are unique and avoid the generic type of Thrash singer, it sounds harsh and raw, yet awesome. You can't get a single word (unless you are an avid Russian speaker) but he manages to sound extremely cool, for lack of a better word. Perhaps the fact that he sings in another language, which I don't have a clue of, makes it even rule harder, but the thing is that vocals are unique and they rule.

You can't go wrong with Aspid's Extravasation. From the weird yet captivating Intro, to the last riffs of the monumental instrumental title track, you are in for a pure technical Thrash ride. Passing through eight well-written and perfectly structured songs where you will find beauty mixed with aggression and technicality, Extravasation proves to be one of the best Thrash albums ever recorded (if not the single one, but I will not risk to state such a thing). No filler, no dull moment, just pure awesome Thrash Metal. You don't just listen to this album, you feel it



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Comments:Add a Comment 
facupm
January 22nd 2013


8050 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i liked this review, probably my best one (im not a great reviewer but i enjoy writing
them)



Digging: Dissect - Swallow Swouming Mass

facupm
January 22nd 2013


8050 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

did you already dig early metallica and megadeth?
you prob have so go with Victims of Deception by Heathen, you cant go wrong with that one

facupm
January 22nd 2013


8050 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

then try Victims of Deception
very different vocals and a bit more melodic but rules

Chortles
January 22nd 2013


17996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review, pos'd

this album rules rlly hard

Digging: Jacaszek - Treny

facupm
January 22nd 2013


8050 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

if not, Mental Vortex by Coroner is another excellent tech thrash album

sideburndude
January 22nd 2013


2782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, album rocks hard

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 22nd 2013


19920 Comments


Nice review. I need to hear this again

Digging: Transit - Joyride

facupm
January 22nd 2013


8050 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i've never actually heard the original one, since the remaster is the most popular out there
I had heard that the original was slower but it's almost impossible to find

I will jam the original now

facupm
January 22nd 2013


8050 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks for the pos

Chortles
January 22nd 2013


17996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wait

so if i don't know what version i have, is it probably the remaster?

facupm
January 22nd 2013


8050 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

surely

facupm
January 22nd 2013


8050 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the original is extremely rare


GiaNXGX
January 22nd 2013


4867 Comments


sweet, I remember listening to this and loving the riffing, really complex technical thrash. thanks to mike :=]

YoYoMancuso
January 22nd 2013


11151 Comments


nice review fapcum

facupm
January 22nd 2013


8050 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

...

facupm
January 22nd 2013


8050 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

and it is facupm

GiaNXGX
January 22nd 2013


4867 Comments


great review fapcum

YoYoMancuso
January 22nd 2013


11151 Comments


great review fapcum [2]

tempest--
January 22nd 2013


13904 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I need to listen to this again, haven't heard it in a while. Will probably be a 4.5. Also Chortles if you see this I love you for your avatar.

Ovrot
January 22nd 2013


10508 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

best album

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