|Review: Blackrat - Dread Reverence|
Label: Shadow Kingdom Records
Year released: 2018
Review online: December 16, 2018
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Blackrat hail from Calgary, Alberta and their blackened thrash certainly shows influences from some of the insanity coming out of the western Canadian scene, namely the likes of Blasphemy. Most of the songs are what you usually expect from black/thrash done well, but whether it's the occasional demented vocals or insanely chaotic, furious playing, I can't help but think of the B.C. black/death scene. In that sense, Dread Reverence is a little more extreme than your run-of-the-mill black/thrash album. It's still overly more "accessible" (as accessible as you can call black/thrash, that is) than not, with more disciplined material and a good dose of visceral guitar melodies throughout. Some black/thrash albums sound like a hundred others, but Dread Reverence isn't one of those. Refreshing.
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