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Review: Ancient Wound - The Undead Storm
Ancient Wound
The Undead Storm

Label: Independent
Year released: 2005
Duration: 50:37
Tracks: 9
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: April 26, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Undead Storm

Rated 3.43/5 (68.57%) (7 Votes)

Anyone who has been reading my reviews for a while knows that I'm a sucker for no-frills, raw thrash metal. New York City's Ancient Wound fit that description, albeit taking in some influences from black, death and traditional metal - and the mix is quite a pleasure for the ears. The vocals are slightly on the Black Metal screech side, but with a very thrashy edge as well - I'm probably not too far off if I describe this as blackened Kreator-style vocals. This is paired with some rather fast-paced black/thrash/death hybrid music, which the almost mandatory slower, heavily crushing moments that give a bit of a breather - but barely. It's difficult to compare Ancient Wound's sound to any one band, especially considering the variety of genres that make up their thrash, but their are some mid-80s Kreator, Megadeth and RTL-era Metallica moments here and there, all this blended with a mid-90s BM rawness.

This one has been on regular rotation here for a little while now and has fit the bill when I wanted some bare-bones, unpretentious headbangable thrash (this sounded better in my head, but what the hell.) This is yet another band that doesn't really break any new grounds, but they do their thing well and the result is simply good - never boring, never too exciting. There would probably be a proper release out there if their previous label hadn't gone under, but apparently they have struck a deal with a French label to release their next album. I'll definitely be looking out for that one. In the meantime, back to our regularly scheduled headbanging.

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