Guillotine - _Under the Guillotine_
by: Drew Snow (
Taking the now hopefully waning 80's metal resurgence to its highest degree of musical debauchery, Guillotine have basically completely ripped off all that is Kreator and Sodom. Now here's the funny part: _Under the Guillotine_ totally thrashes. Without an ounce of originality or creativity whatsoever, Guillotine scythe through ten tracks of pure 80's German thrash played, of course, by Swedes in the late 90's. Who would have it any other way? With songs such as the ingeniously titled "Violence" and "Total Mayhem", Guillotine aren't out to prove anything other than the fact that they are unquestionably adept at playing 80s thrash with a sound so obviously ripped from all the early Kreator albums and Sodom's _Persecution Mania_ that the album just screams out "THRASH" through and through. So, if it is such a blatant plagiarism, how can it be so good? Let's get this straight: _UtG_ is great -because- it is such a blatant plagiarism. Since Sodom isn't around anymore (thank God), and Kreator aren't putting out albums like they used to, Guillotine fit precisely into the remaining niche. Lovers of German thrash rejoice, your album for 1998 has arrived.
(article published 3/10/1998)
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