Seregon - _Disposable Suffering_
(Independent, 2009)
by: Aly Hassab El Naby (6 out of 10)
Energetic, powerful and aggressive are all adjectives that can be used to describe the current resurgence or retro movement that thrash metal currently appears to be at the height of. The difference this decade is that more remarkable bands are coming out of the UK than the US, and the Brits seem to have an extra edge that most of their opposite numbers across the Atlantic don't have. From Bristol, England comes Seregon with their forward thinking, straight-up thrash metal in the form of their EP _Disposable Suffering_.

Even though it's not a proper full-length release, _Disposable Suffering_ deserves just as much attention as other retro-thrash albums released around it deserve. Cuts like the opening title track, "The Company" and "The Removal of the Spine" prove that Seregon have definitely done their homework and are indeed a promising act. The band's skeleton (riffing and drumming) is closely packed and their tightness is evident on "Band of Brothers" and "Echoes". The vocals are utilized cleverly throughout this effort. They're not the typical aggressive shouts one would normally expect from a thrash band and they're not standard death metal growls either, it's a hybrid of both vocal styles that will be a very effective factor in their live performances.

One thing to note is that with all those new thrash bands emerging almost every week now, every band must continue developing its sound and push its limits to stand out amongst the copy cats. Seregon do have the necessary attitude to do so, and given that thrash metal is big in the UK these days, they can use that to their advantage by exposing themselves more and gain some experience. A 7-track 28-minute EP is good for now, but Seregon will need more than that to make a name for themselves.


(article published 8/12/2009)

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