Nasty Savage
Penetration Point


4.5
superb

Review

by Madbutcher3 USER (89 Reviews)
December 30th, 2011 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Yet another overlooked album from the late 80s technical thrash crowd.

Nasty Savage is an oddity in the thrash world. Starting off with their Wage Of Mayhem EP, the band quickly progressed to a more inventive height towards the end of the 80s after their initial speed/power metal phase around their first few releases. This was began by their previous release, 1986's Indulgence, a strong but still somewhat "behind the times" affair which started to show movements towards the thrash of the time, such as Exodus and Nuclear Assault. This progressed further with the Abstract Reality EP of 1988, closing in on the technical thrash metal of Coroner, Watchtower, Toxik, and others. This climaxed on their final album, Penetration Point, a technical thrash assault with some small crossover influences. However, it was more or less ignored, perhaps for the same reasons as Watchtower's Control And Resistence; it's way ahead of its time.

The instrumentation on this album rips. Vocalist "Nasty" Ronnie Galetti does thrash shouts and higher Halford-style screams with impressive power and aggression, while guitarists Ben Meyer and David Austin perform technical and abstract runs, with precision and aggression. Drummer Curtis Beeson plays varying time signatures and technical double basslines frequently. The only real area which isn't up to par with everything else is the bass, which certainly doesn't perform badly but lacks the impressive prowess of the other instruments. Luckily, it is easy to hear in the mix so it isn't hard to keep track of it.

The album begins with a quick spoken section before diving quickly into technical riffs with the opening track, Welcome Wagon, quickly demonstrating the albums fortes and also showing the more standard thrash influence in the chorus. This song pretty much sets up the rest of the album, which shows some variation in particular songs.

The album certainly has its moments, and these mostly reveal themselves in the more instantly technical tracks. In particular the title track shows some of the albums strengths with quick changes in tempo and some of the albums more impressive drumming and slower tempos. This is also rather obvious in the impressive Irrational, which has sections reminiscent of Death's Human, among other things, as well demonstrating Nasty's huge vocal range. Other songs present a more strait thrash side to the album, such as the aforementioned Welcome Wagon and the somewhat more technical Puzzled, with slightly less irregular song structures.

The album, while immensely consistent in its technical thrash onslaught, does have its weaker (only slightly) sections. Tracks such as the instrumental Horizertical are somewhat repetitive, and while impressive in sections lack the variation to keep your interest for too long. Other tracks such as Ritual Submission also suffer from this slightly, but overall this album keeps ones interest quite easily.

Technical thrash never really got off the ground commercially in the late 80s, which is a shame, because it certainly produced some fine and some near classic releases around that time, such as Toxik's Think This, Coroner's No More Colour and Watchtower's Control and Resistance. If you're looking for some technical metal, here's one place to look.

Recommended tracks:
Penetration Point
Irrational
Family Circus
Puzzled



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 30th 2011


8322 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very good review, pos.



Heard of this band only by name, i will investigate further though.









some corrections:



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This begun with





This progressed further with



More progress was made with





This climaxed on their final album



The climax in the band's route to progression was achieved with their final album





demonstrating the albums fortes



the album's strengths





in the more instantly technical



in the more profoundly technical





some of the albums strengths



of the album's intimate characteristics

Digging: Minuit Machine - Infrarouge

Madbutcher3
December 30th 2011


2319 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. Anyway, this is a good release, so give it a try.

Joemoe1122
December 30th 2011


28 Comments


I'e heard 1 other album by these guys and it was great. I'll have to check this one out.

Activista anti-MTV
December 31st 2011


3152 Comments


Technical thrash? Thrash unreal

AngryVeteran
July 20th 2012


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it rapes and murders.

walfernu
February 1st 2013


102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Technically this band blows anyone away. Awesome album!!

Geadom
July 6th 2013


3758 Comments


Posting to remind me to hear this. Pos, good review


RippingCorpse1986
December 23rd 2017


3115 Comments


Legendary albums need great reviews, and this isn't an exception.

Ritual Submission and title track riff hard.

RippingCorpse1986
April 21st 2018


3115 Comments


One of the most underrated albums of 1989, and the least known tech-thrash rec in Sput ;(
These guys are legends.

ffs
April 26th 2018


5333 Comments


slept on this, cool album

Casavir
September 4th 2018


3452 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sin Eater is legitimately some proto-Demilich riffing.

StrikeOfTheBeast
March 22nd 2019


6872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good stuff \m/

Digging: Intruder - Live to Die

Casavir
March 22nd 2019


3452 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excuse me, sir, this is at least a 4 minimum.



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