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Classic Review: Anacrusis - Suffering Hour
Suffering Hour

Label: Active Records
Year released: 1988
Duration: 43:04
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: April 14, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Suffering Hour


Here's some high-powered late 80s thrash that even borders on early death metal (riff-wise.) These guys sound like a mix of early Kreator and Intruder, with a bit of Kill 'Em All-era Metallica, the ideal mix of German and American thrash metal - of these three I'd liken them more to Intruder than the others. Where many thrash bands focus on speed and aggression, Anacrusis add another "dimension" if you will, putting a lot of emphasis on melody. Listening to this album, you'll find yourself listening to very interesting mixes of full-speed ahead, aggressive guitars and at the same time another layer of much more melodic playing - often enhanced by the use of clean, melodic vocals. The vocals are particularly diverse on the album, ranging from very soft and melodic to extremely aggressive, more aggressive than in most thrash outfits and sometimes flirting with death growls without quite getting there. Of all the aforementioned bands, I don't think any of their vocalist come close to this guy in terms of flexibility - I have yet to hear a thrash vocalist that can even compare... Or I simply don't remember. ;) Add a few pretty cool guitar solos to all that.

While some thrash albums often sound "simplistic" or unidimensional, "Suffering Hour" is the exact opposite, with quite a unique sound and there's so much going on here that you hear something new on every listen. Even today this album still shines by its originality and its technicality - without falling into the "wankering" category. An absolute must for thrash fans, and something that thrash detractors should look into.

Additional Information

- Released on CD by Metal Blade Records in 1990

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