|Review: Nasty Savage - Nasty Savage|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 1985
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: September 3, 2010
Reviewed by: Adam Kohrman
Rated 4/5 (80%) (15 Votes)
Metal fans have been divided over whether or not the Thrash Revival has the same energy of classic Thrash bands. The fact of the matter is that some do, but not many. Most of the bands are copying the aesthetics of their heroes, whilst lacking the necessary energy. It seems though, that so many bands that were part of that initial bustling and vibrant scene had that x-factor--that energy that every Thrash band strives for now, but so few attain. One of Metal Blade's plethora of Thrash acts, Nasty Savage had that energy. They sounded raw and to the point. They had one intention, and that was providing their own brand of guitar lead Thrash, backed by "Nasty" Ronnie Galetti's rough vocals and falsetto shrieks.
It's not as if Nasty Savage had much new to give the overpopulated Thrash scene with their 1985 self-titled debut. In fact, their most unique attribute was probably the worst part of their music: Nasty Ronnie's annoying and overused falsetto. While it's great to hear a Thrash singer willing to get outside the narrow window provided to them of quick bursts of shouts and screams, the novelty quickly wears off and his falsetto becomes irritating. That said, there isn't much else to complain about. Much of the time, Ronnie has a tasteful, high pitched squeal, similar to Sean Killian of Vio-Lence. It's this style that makes Nasty Savage thrive, like in the forceful chorus to "No Sympathy." David Austin and Ben Meyer provide a strong and tight six string section. The riffs are good, but not too polished. Instead of being overdone and produced, these riffs sound – well, nasty. That's how they should sound. As I said earlier, Thrash is about being energetic and pissed off. That's what this is.
Through minimal production and tight riffing, Nasty Savage embody their name. They're both angry and untamed. This isn't anything original, but it's Thrash as it should be. It's well played, but not too well played, and most of all, it's got the necessary energy for Thrash that so few bands nowadays have.
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