|Review: Soul Collector - Thrashmageddon|
Label: Defense Records
Year released: 2014
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: March 25, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Polish thrashers Soul Collector sound confusing to me... Is it Steve "Zetro" Souza on vocals? Vocalist Don Vito sounds deceptively like "Zetro" on the band's debut album, Thrashmageddon, especially when he sang in Legacy (pre-Testament). Then again, there's also some Paul Baloff (R.I.P.) in his voice, making things even more confusing.
Anyway, there's also a good amount of Exodus' early thrashtastic-ness in the band's sound, plus overall the whole Bay Area thing seems to be very close to the hearts of these Polish lads. These fellows know their Thrash so well that it would be easy to mistakenly think that Thrashmageddon would feature some unreleased songs from the early material of both Legacy and Exodus if you didn't know any better. Very riff-tastic, catchy and altogether killer 80s-tinged old school Thrash Metal this is, done by using the good 'n' old Bay Area recipe. "Bless My Gun" could well be one of the songs on Exodus' Pleasures of the Flesh.
The only thing that isn't so optimal for a Thrash Metal band like Soul Collector is the length of this record. Over 65 minutes of this type of stuff is a bit too much to be digested in one go. If they had squeezed all this material into a more compact 40-45 minutes, it definitely would have served them a bit better, I think. Nevertheless, Soul Collector is a band worth keeping your eyes out for in the future, no doubt.
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