Review Summary: *Great album
*Very Inticate and technical
*Way ahead of it's time
*far superior in terms of speed to ANY other Thrash metal band
*And yes, this is a thrash metal album. Well, Death/Thrash would be more accurate, but certainly not full death metal
In 1991, the thrash scene was on the decline, and death metal was starting to gain some popularity. While there were many good albums realesed in this period, it was clear that the thrash movement was coming to an end. For a band called Ripping Corpse, from New Jersey, this would be their shining moment, as they released one of the best death/thrash albums of all time.
This band has enough speed and aggression to beat any other band from their period and beyond. And this is more than just death metal. This band is in fact Death/Thrash of the highest caliber in terms of speed, and complexity. With numerous tempo changes, and technical thrash riffs, you can see why the band was so dynamic. first off, let me try to describe the ferocity of this band, even though that is a nearly impossible feat, as this band occasionally plays at speeds that are beyond comprehension.
Anybody who likes the chaos that is heard on Terrorizer's World Downfall, will like the speed of this band, who match and even surpass the band I just mentioned. This is the first and so far only Thrash metal band I have ever heard flat-out defeat grindcore bands in the speed category. When not blast-beating away at what I believe to be record holding tempos, even their thrash beats are fast as ****, and easily over 380BPM. Take for example the song glorious depravity. This band makes everything from Sadus, to Kreator and everything in between sound SLOW!!!!!!!!!
In addition the extreme speed, the band has a profound technical, and even progressive side. Songs might start out extremly fast, but then slow down to a midpaced groove, and then speed up again, so this album is far from one dimentional.In addition, it also makes the album much more intersting, becuse it changes tempos at random, when one would least expect it, meaning this album is never predictable, or boring. This also shows the great diversity of the band. The oppening track, Sweetness, is very progressive in nature, starting off very slow, with a blasting section in the middle, while the title track is in many ways, Grindcore influenced, but also has a couple thrash breaks. Technical gutair riffs are heard all throughout the album, but honestly the technicality is more prevalent on the secound half of the album. The last song on the album, Seduction Of The Innocent, has riffs that are easily technical enough to fit on Erosion of Sanity from Gorguts. Its is a crime that hardly anyone knows about this band.
For anybody who wants to hear the very fastest that Death/Thrash has to offer, while still being technical and progressive all at the same time, this is for you. Make no mistake about it this band has absolutely no competition in terms of speed, except Attomica and Incubus (opprobrium), maybe. And the fact that they were able to make it so complex at the same time is amazing. I gave this album a 5 for its innovation, mastery, and speed, but honestly, I believe this deserves an even higher rating. It's no wonder one of the members of this band would later join Morbid Angel, because of his mastery at the gutair. This band was very unique compared to many other other Death/Thrash bands from the same era, and was just as good as Death, Atheist, Gorguts, and many other technical Death Metal bands at the time, although much more extreme. The only thing i didnt like was the production, which could have been a little bit better, but the muscial value is so high that it makes up for this. Althought this band is unsung, and hardly known by anyone, they easily prove why metal should be taken seriously as a genre