|Review: From Beyond - Thrashin' Machine|
Label: Painkiller Records
Year released: 2003
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: October 18, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
A lonely EP from this Belgian thrash band, but what a treat. Put simply, From Beyond is a mix of mid-80s Kreator, Sodom and Destruction. Save for "Epilogue", which closes the EP with a little over a minute of rather pointless acoustic guitar, "Thrashin' Machine" lives up to its name by furiously thrashing from beginning to end, with vocals that sound like Mille from Kreator and Tom from Sodom were merged into one, while the vocal style itself is sometimes reminiscent of Destruction. Musically there's no way to put it better than to compare it to the sound of the three German thrash behemoths. That's probably what some will reproach the band: They're not adding anything to the genre, but rather throw you about 20 years back in time. But hey, sometimes it's just what the doctor ordered. Nice one.
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