|Review: Thraw - Injecting Hate|
Year released: 2008
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: October 10, 2009
Reviewed by: Nahsil
Rated 3/5 (60%) (5 Votes)
So with the "Thrash Revival" under way, it's not uncommon to see young people picking up where the bands of the ‘80s left off, and these Slovenians are clearly dead-set on recreating the Bay Area sound. There's a spark of Exodus, a hint of Slayer, and the material comes off as impassioned, even if they're a few decades late to the party and the beer is flat. It's hard to speak ill of a band with potential, with heart, and with the musicianship to pull it all off, but the problem here is exactly the foremost point concerning their music: it sounds like Bay Area Thrash. It sounds like something that's been done before, not once, not twice, but many times, and it lacks any truly defining characteristics to separate it from the heap. Writing decent enough songs is one thing, but unless your exposure to Thrash Metal of old is limited, or if you're a diehard fan of anything resembling the Bay Area style, it's a matter of having heard this kind of thing before. Curveballs are few and far between. The occasional blast beat modernizes slightly, but it and other irregular effects, such as upfront bass lines, don't season enough to produce a unique taste. We're still dealing with a dish of relative antiquity.
If you're okay with that, give Thraw a listen. Personally, I'm not a big enough fan of the Bay Area scene to welcome its rehashed revival.
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