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Review: Various Artists - Thrashing Like A Maniac
Various Artists
Thrashing Like A Maniac

Label: Earache Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 54:58
Tracks: 16
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: January 2, 2008
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
Thrashing Like A Maniac

Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)

I can't say I'm a fan of compilations, perceiving them as being particularly pointless in this day and age of MySpace and the like. This compilation however, is actually pretty badass - squeezing together the very cream of fresh faced (or should that be pimply faced?) new thrashers into one mosh-friendly album. Brimming with frenetic energy, feverish fist pumping and neck snapping rifferama, 'Thrashing like a Maniac' forces you to do exactly as the album title suggests for nigh on an hour of aural mayhem.

The album has been compiled by Earache mainman Dig Pearson, and runs as smoothly as a compilation album can (without all the Earache bands being shoved at the start of the album as some cynics may expect). Although there are a few bands that don't quite sound as thrashy as the others (to my ears at least, Decadence sound more like a cross between Arch Enemy and 'Sound of Perseverance'-era Death), there are still no weak tracks to be found - as you would kinda expect on a compilation(!). The more well known bands have some of their best tracks on display which most of the thrashers out there will have already heard (the likes of Evile, Municipal Waste, Merciless Death and the perennial Toxic Holocaust all slaying nicely), but just as impressive are the tracks from the up and comers (Mutant and Gama Bomb in particular are fantastic) giving further boosts to the longevity of this wondrous Thrash revival we're currently experiencing.

All 16 tracks here pay as much of an unashamed homage to the likes of Kreator, Sodom and Destruction as much as they do to Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax , so whether it's the Teutonic bite, Bay Area crunch or New York slams you prefer, your appetite for Thrash will be undoubtedly be sated by this compilation. Oh, and if you're still one of the non-believers that thinks thrash was dead and buried 15 years ago, pick this up and be proved wrong.

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