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Review: Alphakill - Degrees of Manipulation
Degrees of Manipulation

Label: Independent
Year released: 2018
Duration: 52:54
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: December 14, 2018
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Degrees of Manipulation

Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (4 Votes)

Alphakill are a Canadian band doing the retro-thrash thing, and doing it pretty well. They are much more technical than the standard thrash approach, without getting into that Anacrusis-hyperactive mode. The general sound here is not that distant from the clean sounds of Master of Puppets, Victims of Deception, and similar albums, calling to mind classic Exodus, Testament, and probably a ton of other Bay Area bands too obscure to remember. The riffs are varied and solid, and the songs tend to be rather long, with a lot of different parts and time shifts. On the one hand, this means the songs keep you interested with a lot of variety, but on the other they never really cohere as songs, and are not that memorable. The guitar sound is a bit weak, and I would like it heavier. Vocalist Justin Stear has a good, sharp thrash voice, though he is mixed a bit low. The leads are sometimes excellent, with real traditional metal flair. This is an impressive album of fast and precise thrash that recalls classic sounds without just being an imitation.

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