|Review: Piranha - First Kill|
Label: Non Stop Music Records
Year released: 2019
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: September 28, 2019
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Swiss thrashers Piranha formed some time in 2013, but on their full-length debut they play Thrash like it was still 1985. They deliver your usual old-school Thrash with the expected influences like Slayer and Exodus, but they manage some more musicality than usual with the Maiden-esque opening of "Flight or Fight" and the British Steel-era Priest stylings of "Target Failed". The guitar work by George "Skullshredder" and José "Oz" hits you in the face as hard as the realization of how overused their nicknames are, and vocalist André "Squaller" Ellenberger sounds like a slightly Black Metal version of Alex Laiho, which adds just the right amount of aggression to the songs and still somehow manages to be intelligible. They may not be the greatest musicians in the world, but Thrash is first and foremost made with aggression and attitude, and these guys have that in spades.
This is the kind of album that many people would call generic, as it doesn't do anything new nor anything great. Personally, I never get tired of this kind of stripped-down, old-school Thrash Metal. They won't rip you to shreds just yet, but with First Kill, I'd say Piranha are off to a good enough start.
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