|Review: Lazarus A.D. - The Onslaught|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: March 2, 2009
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 4.18/5 (83.64%) (22 Votes)
Boy was I surprised after hearing this album. I'm not going to go ahead and make like this is the second coming, far from it. This is just one of those records that gets your head banging, from tornado opener "Last Breath" right out to the last note of blinder "Who I Really Am". Now normally my playlists consist of Power, Progressive and Death Metal. Thrash rarely finds its way into my speakers. After listening to The Onslaught, all that is set to change, because this album reminded me so much of how awesome Thrash can actually be, which is part of the reason I like this so much. Sure it's nowhere near groundbreaking - some of the riffs tread into familiar waters - but it's just done so well. I can hear a nice bit of Testament in their sound which is always good. They've been coined as Thrash/Groove; I can see the groove influence but it's nothing too predominant. Just a few Black album-like moments, maybe if Testament went down that route it would sound like this?
Of course this album is not without its flaws, the biggest of which being their lead singer. He shouts much like a singer from a Hardcore band would, which is a little bit of a turn off for me. However Thrash Metal was never really about the vocals and when the music is good as it is, bad vocals are a small price to pay. A special mention has to go to their drummer; Ryan Shutler. The man is a bloody demon behind the kit, really tearing things up throughout with some damned sick double bass pedal work. Definitely worth a look for Thrash Metal fans, and hell even if Thrash isn't normally your cup of tea you may well find some enjoyment here. I certainly did.
The previously mentioned album opener "Last Breath" fucking slays, some of the riffs are immense and funnily enough remind me a lot of stuff I would personally come up with when playing. "Thou Shall Not Fear" starts off navigating groove-like waters until we're assaulted with an utterly unforgiving riff, certainly a track where the drum work shines. The intro riff to "Absolute Power" is a treat for the ears, with that bad-ass guitar tone these guys sport. Other favorites of mine include "Lust" with its speedy drums and 80's Thrash-worshipping riffage. "Who I Really Am" is my personal choice for best track on the album - I just can't put a finger on what it reminds me of. All in all The Onslaught is a sound release and Thrash Metal fans should snap this up ASAP. Pop this in the CD player, dust off your air guitar/bass/drums whatever, then book an appointment at the doc in the morning for your whiplash. Recommended
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