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Review: Antabus - Antabus

Label: Independent
Year released: 2015
Duration: 9:45
Tracks: 3
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: July 11, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (7 Votes)

Not only has the Finnish Death Metal scene been productive for the last five to six years or so, but also there's been a certain type of boost going on in the Finnish Speed/Thrash Metal scene, which has brought us a decent amount of bands worth checking out. One of these newer Finnish Speed/Thrash Metal acts is this four-piece outfit named Antabus, which was formed in the first half of 2012.

This three-track (or two, depending on whether you get a chance to hear the physical promotional copy) demo EP from these young thrashers actually kicks ass pretty darn hard; sounding like a throwback of the 80's US-Thrash, in which you can hear some Anthrax, a bit more of Death Angel (especially vocally) and even more Annihilator (guitarists Pekka and Janne have enjoyed their Annihilator records 'til they have worn them out,  no doubts). Antabus plays pleasingly riff-based Thrash Metal, with many catchy and killer breaks, which would make even Mr. Waters envy them these days. They seem to be well at the top of their game, churning out highly energetic, frenzied and absolutely enjoyable Thrash, clearly respecting some of the roots of the Thrash genre, specifically those aforementioned semi-dinosaurs.

The bonus track on this promotional EP is a cover song called "Poliisi Pamputtaa" by the legendary Finnish Punk/Rock giants Eppu Normaali, which is simply fun to listen to – and not to be taken too seriously.

Antabus is one of the better new band discoveries that I have made over the past three to four years as far as all these retro-Thrash Metal bands are concerned. Now attention Lost Society – you have been challenged!

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