Hellish Crossfire - _Bloodrust Scythe_
(I Hate Records, 2009)
by: Quentin Kalis (
It would be naïve in the extreme to expect any tectonic shifts between this and their debut: proto-black thrash in the vein of Sodom and Iron Angel is their musical bread and butter and hardly lends itself to progression. This does not discount any sort of advancement, as even the "progression is for pussies" brigade would readily concede that performance and songwriting will improve even if no great musical departures are made. Thus this has a stronger sound, with professional artwork and more frequent solos, which are exercises in shredding rather than expanding on the melody. Vocalist Iron Tyrant still sounds as if he is possessed (ahem) by the voice of Jeff Becerra and the case could be made, even more strongly than for the debut, that this lacks variety. One could also complain that Burzum is too simple or that there is too much musical onanism in mathcore, but that would be to miss the entire point of the undertaking. German thrash never sounded so good this side of 2000.
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