The Source - _The Source_
(I for an I Records, 2010)
by: Aly Hassab El Naby (6.5 out of 10)
Allow me to present you a group of five guys from Athens who have put together a most fitting soundtrack of anger on their self-titled album _The Source_. This thirty-six minute effort is a concentrated shot of aggressive thrash that is bound to send the pulsating beats to your necks as you exorcise your anger through it. The album sounds true to the original thrash doctrine of the '80s, yet it also has a modern twist to its production and vocal ability. This could confuse listeners twenty years from now as something that combined the best qualities of both eras.

The Source is obviously a band that doesn't waste any time. Their entire self-titled album is executed at breakneck speed, with edges rough enough to leave permanent marks on the surface of your skin. It's an album that gets right to the beef, and about which it is safe to say that The Source have hit the source with _The Source_. There is some seriously good riffing on this album with the finisher "Vision of Rejects" and the ferocious "Bringing out the Dead" coming very close as the album best cut. "X-Enemy" has some memorable melodic riffing along with its rather brief guitar solo while "CoreShot" has that momentary segment where the vocals sound a little like those of Chuck Billy's.

Yes, thrash metal is well beyond its saturation point thanks to the likes of Bonded by Blood, Fueled by Fire or any other band that uses the ‘Verbed by Object' naming formula, but this record proves that there may be some hope after all. _The Source_ doesn't sound like a revolution in thrash, but that shouldn't be the benchmark for everyone, especially for a young band. It's a solid album with minimal spacing that could compromise its integrity. These guys have the potential to capitalize on this work and make a bigger name for themselves on the European metal scene.


(article published 31/10/2010)

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