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Review: Algebra - Procreation

Label: Independent
Year released: 2009
Duration: 25:13
Tracks: 6
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: September 12, 2010
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3.43/5 (68.57%) (7 Votes)

Old school Thrash Metal, that's what you'll hear when you listen to Algebra's debut EP, Procreation. Hailing from Switzerland, this four piece draws inspiration from both coasts of the U.S.s' Thrash history and adds a healthy dose of Crossover to the mix. Singer/lead guitarist Ed Nicod's vocals are a mix of M.O.D.s Billy Milano and Suicidal Tendencies' Mike Muir's half-shouted style. Guitars, drums and bass are all played a top speed for the majority of the EP, with occasional slower parts, presumably to give the listener time to get up on stage in preparation for a half-gainer into the crowd.

The songs on Procreation are not particularly original, borrowing much from the aforementioned M.O.D. and Suicidal Tendencies, and also bands like Exodus and (very) early Metallica. You could probably drop Nicod's solo from "Useless Mankind" into a live performance of "Whiplash" and not tell it wasn't a Kirk Hammett original. Like so many bands that worship the 80s, Algebra bring nothing new to the party, but play their songs and instruments ably and with plenty of conviction. Those who can't get enough old school Thrash should check out Procreation.

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