|Review: Outrage AD - New Blood|
Label: Nosral Recordings
Year released: 2018
Review online: July 28, 2018
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)
Another local band that has flown below my radar until now. This one was active as Outrage from 1992 to 1995 and re-formed in 2013 under the name Outrage AD. These guys play death/thrash with a twist, that is, a Christian lyrical theme. This album contains re-recordings of songs written back in the 90s and some more recent material.
Outrage AD's death/thrash is much more on the thrash side of the fence than death and even the thrash sounds a bit tame at times. That's not a bad thing as it makes New Blood sound rather diverse and it is one of those albums that you need to listen to several times before it all sinks in as there's a lot going on here. I must say my first listen left me kind of a lukewarm impression, but after 2-3 more listens I was drawn into the layers of details that make up the songs. You get a bit of everything from very straightforward, almost boring short passages, to intricate, catchy, deep and atmospheric melodies, and some occasional 80s-style riffs that just beg for you to accompany the band with your air guitar.
The vocals are a mix of death-ish growls that are OK but not great (I prefer the vocalist's guttural but decipherable style to the more growly one used here and there) and a thrashier clean style that has a visceral bite to it that helps bring out the atmosphere.
The album could benefit from a better production as it sometimes feels like the sound is held back and struggling to get out of the speakers, and that takes away some of the enjoyment. With everything that's going on on this album, you need the good production to really push it out there. Pretty much my main beef, really. Overall, some interesting death/thrash that doesn't sound like all the bands out there, and that's definitely a plus.
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