|Review: Strident - March of Plague|
|March of Plague|
Label: Punishment 18 Records
Year released: 2918
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: April 29, 2020
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:March of Plague
Strident are an Israeli Thrash Metal group that started as a cover act in 2004, but have since then recorded two full-length albums including this one and opened for bands like Overkill and Nervosa in the past. The point is that they're not what you'd call rookies, and March of Plague makes that pretty clear right off the bat. They play old-school Thrash like you'd expect, but they inject it with a grooving, almost rocking feel that creates a more distinct and refreshing sound than we usually get in the genre. From the opener "No Faith, No War" to the self-explanatory closer "Thrash till Death", this band just thrashes with all the energy and attitude that I ask from a Thrash band. This is helped by an organic production job that gives everything room to breathe and lets the bass accompany the drum work to create a strong rhythmic backbone for the thrashing madness. The vocals are a bit of a sticking point, as while they have enough attitude not to detract from the band, they're not very good and take some getting used to. Outside of that, this is a fun, sometimes impressive release that any Thrash fan out there can appreciate.
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