Damned Creed - _Enslaved Thoughts_
(Independent, 2009)
by: Aly Hassab El Naby (7 out of 10)
With the global re-uprising of thrash metal sadly well beyond its prime, one should expect two things. The first is a foray of copycats trying to milk what's left of the genre to the bones under banners like ‘true thrash' and ‘the real sound'. This of course doesn't mean that there are no good new thrash bands; London's Savage Messiah is a prime example of young promising thrash acts. The other thing is finding a small group of good bands that really know how to thrash and come from a country that you don't hear much about in the international metal scene. Case in point: Athenians Damned Creed.

Their debut full length _Enslaved Thoughts_ is an outright thirty-six minute thrash assault packed with sharp riffing and intense drumming. Opening track "Curse Me I'm Dead" comes with blistering pace out of nowhere and sets a high tempo bar for the rest of the album. The rest follow the same thrashing manner, and they're all kept interestingly fast and engaging without overstaying their welcome. The title track is the only one that exceeds the five minute milestone, but it doesn't feel any longer than its peers, thanks to its complicated chorus riff and two guitar solos. "Blasting Vengeance" or "Blood for Blood" may be your pick of the album, but if you pay some extra attention to the final track "NAP", you might reconsider your choice.

The vocals throughout the album bear a subtle similarity to those of Dew-Scented's Leif Jensen, but on the aforementioned "NAP", they stray a little towards an outlandish Thomas Such / Randy Blythe hybrid that is determined to get you screaming along. The general production of these _Enslaved Thoughts_ is quite crisp, but not overly polished to the extent that makes it sound electronically processed, thanks to Mr. Andy Classen at the helm. Granted it's not the album that's going to re-pump my faith in retro-thrash, but that's not its fault; the fault is partially mine and partially Bonded by Blood's. _Enslaved Thoughts_ is a solid thrash album that definitely pulls through, and Damned Creed will be bigger in Europe if they keep churning out this high octane produce.

Contact: http://www.myspace.com/damnedcreed

(article published 26/10/2010)

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