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Review: Desecrator - Live Til Death
Desecrator
desecrator.com.au
Live Til Death

Label: Independent
Year released: 2011
Duration: 41:34
Tracks: 8
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: May 29, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Live Til Death

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This is an odd sort of debut from Aussie band Desecrator (there are literally like sixteen bands called this, so make sure you mean the right one). This is a full-length album of original material, but it was recorded live at a club show and then later mixed and mastered to give it a bit of polish. Just a bit, though, as this is Thrash, and polished Thrash is never good.

It has been said many times that Thrash bands do best in a live setting, where the required energy and vibrant attitude can't be choked off by studio cleanliness. I would say this band is proof of that, as this is just some messy, feral, wild Thrash like I have not heard since Sauron's Thrash Assault. If you are a Thrash fan, then you have heard this kind of thing before, but here Desecrator bottled the lightning, as this thing is just sheer thrashing joy all the way through. The drums and bass sound huge, while giving the guitars plenty of room to rip out heavy Thrash riffs and flailing, insane leads. No groove idiocy here, this is pure 200 prof 80s-style THRASH with no trendiness or other bullshit. Guitarist/Vocalist Riley Strong actually does Thrash vocals, spitting out his lines with venom and clarity without sacrificing either one.

This is not a polished recording. The band fucks up, gets off-time, and generally sounds like a real live BAND and not a bunch of ProTools processed robots. A certain sameyness creeps into the songs halfway through, and the individual tracks don't have as much identity as they could, but the sound is heavy, dirty, and pulses with pure thrashing joy. If you miss the glory days of the 80s, then this is not a disc to pass up.

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