|Review: Algebra - Polymorph|
Year released: 2012
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: January 7, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Polymorph is the debut full-length album from Switzerland's Algebra. Thanks to Andy Classen, who mixed and mastered the album, the sound is excellent, despite this being a self-release. The Thrash is aggressive and in your face with an 80's feel with vocals that are a half-shouted/half-growled/mostly unintelligible rant. I'm reminded of Suicidal Tendencies, circa How Can I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today; around the time they'd ditched the outright punk of Suicidal Tendencies but before they morphed into a Heavy Metal band on Lights...Camera...Revolution.
All the aggressive riffing and shouting, along with some shredding solo work, are all well and good, but the songs don't really go anywhere. Algebra has created something that is more of a soundtrack to being in a mosh pit than anything you would want to listen to over and over again. I like Polymorph while it is on, but none of the songs are truly memorable. Most of the appeal will be to fans of the "acronym" Crossover bands of the 80's like D.R.I., C.O.C., G.B.H and the like. If your tastes run that way, don't hesitate to check this one out.
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