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Review: Mad Butcher - Metal Lightning Attack
Mad Butcher
Metal Lightning Attack

Label: Relics from the Crypt
Year released: 2020
Originally released in: 1985
Duration: 37:55
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy/Thrash

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: November 10, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Metal Lightning Attack

Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)

Upon first listening to this, I thought, "man, this is old school, I can hear early Kreator and Destruction in there, a little of Iron Angel, etc." and I thought the name was from the Destruction song. And then I found out that Mad Butcher actually formed before all these bands, in 1980, and the album was first released in 1985. So maybe those bands sound like Mad Butcher and not the other way around? Let's not go there.

Metal Lightning Attack is raw and dirty like a lot of albums of the time when they were recording on shoestring budgets and in that it reminds me of a lot of NWOBHM recordings: raw, kind of live sounding, authentic and a lot of fun. These guys threw a lot of genres in the mix, intentionally or not: Speed metal, thrash, raw heavy metal and even a bit of cleaner and more commercial heavy metal that reminds me of Judas Priest in places and I could swear there's a bit of Van Halen in some riffs. The vocals are kind of raw and thin yet melodic, a style that wasn't uncommon at the time; just don't expect some power metal-like screams in here. His style is a good fit for the music, whether it's speedy, thrashy, heavy or on the more accessible side and it's cool hearing him do a more aggressive style in one song and then go all NWOBHM-ish melodic in another. Lots of fun to be had here for old-school metalheads.

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