Black Fast
Terms of Surrender


3.5
great

Review

by Cryptkeeper USER (4 Reviews)
February 7th, 2018 | 29 replies


Release Date: 08/07/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Untapped potential

Black Fast is an American tech-thrash band, hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, formed in 2010, having already put out a demo and debut album Starving out the Light, before releasing Terms of Surrender in 2015. Opening with The Keep, the band immediately lays down their approach to the record; a stripped-down, modern sounding tech-thrash approach, with the most distinctive element to the record being the harsh screams, courtesy of Aaron Akin, more reminiscent of hardcore vocals than anything typically thrash. In a genre oversaturated with bands trying to either reinvent thrash metal or revive the genreā€™s golden years, a band finding their own sound in an overcrowded genre is a breath of fresh air. However, Black Fast falls into many of the same pitfalls that hold back their peers.

As expected, the guitarwork is very competent, launching into blisteringly fast riffs every other second. The lyrics, while nothing revolutionary, serve their purpose and blend well with the vocal style Aaron employs. However, both rhythm and bass sections are lacking, for different reasons. The bass is barely audible in the mix, and while the drums are almost always in focus, they never take their chance to hook the listener, with drummer Ross Burnett relegating himself to a supporting position, likely not for lack of skill, but rather of engaging songwriting.

The consistency on this album is top-notch, but also one of its weaknesses. While none of the tracks could be classified as bad from a technical point of view, the limited style employed on the album does little to keep the listeners attention, and tracks tend to start blending together. The record has a distinct lack of album-crafting, with few memorable highlights, too little downtime and no organic peaks.

Black Fast has however clearly improved from their debut album. Whereas Starving out the Light too often lost itself trying to paste Slayer-esque riffs together, the songwriting on Terms of Surrender has improved significantly, examples being the greater focus on atmosphere and outstanding vocal hooks showcased on tracks like The Fall and I Conspire.

All in all, Terms of Surrender is quick to hook the listener, but upon repeated listens the album slowly starts showing its flaws. Black Fast is a progressing band with a promising future, and if they manage to continue this growth they might just be part of a technical thrash metal renaissance.


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DungeonBoy
February 7th 2018


5448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review my man. I agree this was a step up from their debut. Sadly I only ever jam To Propagate the Void and I Conspire on this one, which is rare for me since I generally listen to albums from start to finish. But anyone interested in this band should at least check out those two tracks because they rip

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bloc
February 7th 2018


54426 Comments


Hell yeah this shit needs a spotlight

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Demon of the Fall
February 7th 2018


9669 Comments


Is this Vektor-core?

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Cryptkeeper
February 7th 2018


1895 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Vocally

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bloc
February 7th 2018


54426 Comments


Yes it is

Dimorphic
February 7th 2018


506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Wondering when this was gonna get a review. Everyone was sucking this band's peen in the Terminal Redux comment section. Good album, vocals are fucking annoying after a couple of tracks though.

bloc
February 8th 2018


54426 Comments


Damn shame this still didn't get any attention

necropig
April 5th 2018


5101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice, didn't know they had a review

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Cryptkeeper
April 7th 2018


1895 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I felt like they deserved one so I wrote this up

DungeonBoy
May 7th 2018


5448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdiSmKMYPFs



New video, new album

bloc
May 7th 2018


54426 Comments


Hell yesssssssss damn that shit sounds old school as fuck

necropig
May 7th 2018


5101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet

bloc
May 7th 2018


54426 Comments


July 13, my weebo friend, still a few weeks away

necropig
May 7th 2018


5101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I corrected the fact I don't know what month it is. Too much weeb

bloc
May 7th 2018


54426 Comments


Great edit, now I look like an illiterate fool lol

DePlazz
May 7th 2018


1332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Although this is a more mature record, I liked Starving Out The Light way better.

Looking forward to their new album.

DePlazz
May 7th 2018


1332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review btw, didn't realize this was up.



I like Tongues Of Silver on this one.

Cryptkeeper
May 8th 2018


1895 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks my dude, I was somewhat upset this didn't have a review so I took action.

The hook on The Fall is just ridiculous

PRIESTESS ATTEST ATONE, CONFESS, REPENT

DePlazz
May 9th 2018


1332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Fade is a rockin' track yeah

WretchedCacophony
June 6th 2018


1015 Comments


Ye pumped for the new one next month. Should rule. They have the new track up 'Cloak of Lies'



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