|Review: Mastermind - Unstoppable Drunks|
Year released: 2015
Review online: November 5, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)
The second album from these Paraguay-based thrashers doesn't really continue where they left off on their debut album On Unstoppable Drunks their sound has a more hardcore edge which gives it a more Slayer-ish vibe.
After the strange intro (a slowed down speech, no idea what it is saying), they hit us with "Thirsty Days... Never Again," which could be considered as Mastermind's own "Dittohead," so to speak. It's fast, punky, and full of sheer aggression. "Savage Aggression" also goes partly in Slayer's direction with some raw, crispy, and ripping guitar riffs. Without being a totally serious band, Mastermind can also throw us silly songs like "Wish You Were a Beer," which is musically more like Motörhead's Rock 'n' Roll than Thrash Metal and also has a nice bluesy edge to it. And then there's "Beer Night," which is a bit of Green Day type of Punk song: plain and simple. "Suicide Nightmares" somewhat reminds me of the same excellent riff-work as bands like Angelus Apatrida and Havok.
There is a cover of one of Venom's biggest classics, "Black Metal," and they did justice to the original, with their own refreshing thrashy style. It's just a bit odd how that the cover is track 7 out of 10, rather than at the end as is most often the case for covers.
The instrumental "Full of Hate" is a mid-paced track with a couple of faster parts in it. Nothing special happens in this tune though. During the making of "Ritual" these lads must have been in a serious Manowar mood. The song is just too Manowar-ish, with strong gang shouted chorus parts ("Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal Thunder"), with a Thrash flavor added.
Unstoppable Drunks isn't as coherent an album as their debut was. It's more like a collection of different influences. It's still a very entertaining slab of enthusiastically churned out Speed and Thrash Metal for the most part, and very darn hard to dislike.
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