|Review: Reckless Tide - Helleraser|
Label: Armageddon Music
Year released: 2006
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: May 1, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Reckless Tide play what is often referred to as "technical thrash" - a fancy way to say that this is not as raw and in-your-face as "pure thrash". One thing that's immediately noticeable after just one listen is that "Helleraser" is quite varied, both vocally and musically. The vocals vary from very annoying melodic clean vocals - they're not annoying because they're melodic and clean, they just sound annoying -, to a more aggressive style (think mid-80s Bay Area thrash), all the way up to the occasional growling, and there's even some weird (and annoying, again) sounding electronically-altered (whatever) vocals that pop up in the middle of all of this from time to time.
Musically you get anything from mid-80s Bay Area thrash - with guitar work occasionally reminiscent of early Megadeth and Metallica -, to a more "groovy" style and also flirting with a "modern thrash" sound not unlike what was the "in" thing just a couple of years ago. "Kleemähendeäbte" is by far the weirdest song here, mixing just about all of the album's musical and vocal styles in one song, and featuring a popular melody whose name I just can't seem to recall (don't you hate it when that happens...) This is a bit like the "goof off" style of song that Tankard and Sodom occasionally put on their albums.
There's a lot going on in "Helleraser", maybe a bit too much. I found myself loving about 60% of it, and the rest is hit and miss but never actually bad (notwithstanding the occasional crappy vocal work.) Not essential, but definitely interesting.
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