|Review: Aggressive Perfector - Havoc at the Midnight Hour|
|Havoc at the Midnight Hour|
Label: Dying Victims Productions
Year released: 2019
Review online: April 28, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Havoc at the Midnight Hour
Naming your band after a Slayer song is one way to make sure buyers know what they are getting from the outset. In actuality, the music on Havoc at the Midnight Hour, the debut from this U.K. band, reminds me more of Venom. The vocals have the untamed wildness of Cronos, the music is fast but not necessarily the blazing speed of early Slayer and there is a punky looseness to Aggressive Perfector's playing. I wish the band had worked in more creepy elements like the opening to "Onward to the Cemetery" with its doleful church organ and crows. These things really set a nice mood and then the song bursts forth and the headbanging begins in earnest. They tried something similar on "Land of No Return" but the weird sounds didn't have the same effect. Otherwise, all the songs on the album are cut very much from the same cloth and run together with very little distinction from one to the next. Havoc at the Midnight Hour is yet another "good but not great" black/thrash release that will do nicely if you can't get enough of the style.
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