|Review: Anonymus - La Bestia|
Label: Bam&co Heavy
Year released: 2020
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: August 4, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
Montreal's Anonymus have been around for over 30 years now. Time does fly. I've been trying to get into this band off and on for over 20 years, always checking out a few songs whenever they had new stuff out, but they're really not my kind of thrash. This is the first time that I listen to a full album and, while still not my cup of tea, I found that it's actually pretty good.
The band has sung in French, English, Spanish and Italian over the years but this is their first one that's entirely in Spanish. Few bands have the guts to try this kind of stuff, so more power to them. There is at least one spoken passage in French, on "Violencia Versus Violence" and the shouted vocals didn't make it obvious whether some of the singing was in French as well—part of the difficulty in telling is that the music gets so intense and often kicks the vocals to the side, in a good way.
Anonymus' approach to thrash is very modern and I find there isn't much that anchors them to the old-school stuff, so this is really not what you're looking for if you want, say, a taste of '80s thrash. I'm not crazy at all about the shouted vocals, though there are quite a few bits that are more "under control" and that I found I quite liked, while learning to tolerate the rest. The music itself is fast, heavy and there's a lot of crunch and power in those guitars and the drums really got me going at times. The album has a very "bouncy" vibe that really gets the foot tapping and despite the album sounding overall angry, this anger comes off as fun. There's no way in hell that anyone would stand still when the band plays anything on this album live. If you're like me and usually more into the classic thrash sound and its close derivatives and feel like trying something else, La Bestia might just be what the doctor ordered.
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