|Review: Opposition Party - Zombified|
Label: Pulverised Records
Year released: 2005
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: January 15, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)
Don't judge a book by its cover. It's difficult to avoid this sometimes fatal mistake. You see cover art like this one, you don't expect to hear some kick ass old school Thrash with some punk overtones. This is what Singapore's Opposition Party (as in the band, not politics) has to offer with Zombified. They used to play punk so it's not too surprising that there are small remnants of that era that still show up in their new direction. Even though their sound reminds me of mid-80s thrash, I found it difficult to really nail it. Think of a mix of early Anthrax with a bit of (early) Slayer and (early) Destruction. I've listened to this album quite a bit and my main complaint is that it's a bit on the short side, but then again that's not exactly abnormal for cacophonic thrash releases such as this one. The sound is neither too clean nor too garage-like - you can ear everything well, but at the same time they didn't go for an overpolished production (which in Thrash's case is never a good idea anyway.) Overall a very good thrash album that already makes me look forward to their next one, and hope it's at least as good as this.
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