|Review: Alkira - Red Devil|
Year released: 2013
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: September 25, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (10 Votes)
Red Devil, the second EP from Australia's Alkira, is full of highly derivative, yet also highly entertaining, Thrash Metal. At its roots, the style is Bay Area and the vocals are a harsh bark so Red Devil makes me think of what it would have sounded like if Tom Araya or Max Cavalera had sung for Testament. The production is good, especially for an independent production, though the heavy riffs red-line a couple of times on one of the songs. The playing is above average even if the songwriting isn't. The energy of their performance rises above the material and I'll bet Alkira get the pit good and wound up. With that said, I'm not sure how much mileage the average Thrash fan is going to get listening to Red Devil but I wouldn't miss an opportunity to see them live.
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