|Review: Suicidal Winds - Total Death n' Live|
|Total Death n' Live|
Label: Pulverised Records
Year released: 2006
Review online: February 27, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Total Death n' Live
Suicidal Winds are a band that have been around for about 15 years now, but I have never heard of them before. This is a live album featuring songs drawn from their back catalog of 3 albums, 2 EPs, 2 splits, and a slew of demos. This is the second live album they have done in their career, so this is obviously a band that feels they are at their best in a live setting.
This band is very much into ugly, raw proto-Thrash like Kreator and older Sodom. There's a little bit of old Celtic Frost worship in here, as well as hints of bands like Angel Corpse and Bestial Warlust – pretty much every band you can think of who bash out old-fashioned down and dirty Thrashing Death. This a live album, but the sound is pretty good – it's raw, loose, and sloppy, but that's what live albums are supposed to sound like. The only part I don't like is the vocalist doing the between-song chatter in his 'scary death voice' – it just sounds extremely silly. Fortunately, after the first few songs he cuts that out and talks like a normal person when announcing the next song.
The music on here is pretty solid Death/Thrash, and fans of the style will like it fine, but for a band like this, I think a studio album would be a better place to start. The band has a lot of energy, but a lot of that doesn't come through as well as it might. The crowd noises are minimal, so what you get here is essentially a demo-level rerecording of the tracks they already recorded on their studio albums. That said, this is fun, and I am interested in getting some of this band's other works.
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