|Review: Grief Of War - Worship|
Label: Prosthetic Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: June 30, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
Some Thrash from Japan this time around. Not as much "retro-Thrash" (I hate that term, but I've got to use it for some little minds out there) as what we've been served lately, with Worship Grief of War mix some old with the new - there's an undeniable old school vibe that can be felt throughout, but at the same time a good dose of this has more of a "modern Thrash" (i.e. post-2000) sound to it. Shuffle all of this and you get a rather clean slab of Thrash which occasionally reverts to a more basic, "kick ass" Thrash style. Throw in some very melodic moments more akin to Power Metal (the "apocalyptic"-themed stuff, not the happy or D&D kind) which one would expect to sound out of place, but Grief of War have managed to make this blend seamlessly into the album. Pretty much some of my favourite moments here, along with the occasional savage old school riffs.
In the end, what may help Worship not get thrown into the "retro-Thrash" categorization is the heavy dose of the more modern Thrash. This also hurts it a little - modern Thrash is just too clean, and the result feels a little bland at times. So if you're looking for some good raw 'n' dirty Thrash, you won't find it here. There's plenty to like here though - a few very cool solos, the occasional old school Thrash onslaught with some riffage that seems to pop out of nowhere all of a sudden, and the vocals, pretty much clean (think Destruction, but not quite) which are a good match for the music. Not necessarily an album that'll stick into your head, but it's good while it's on.
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