|Review: Running Death - Overdrive|
Label: Punishment 18 Records
Year released: 2015
Review online: March 12, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)
On Running Death's debut album, Overdrive, the band doesn't blindly and slavishly follow any current retro-Thrash Metal trend. On the contrary, Running Death tries to have a little bit more different approach, sounding a bit like a mix of Metallica, Xentrix, a bit of German Deathrow's Deception Ignored/Life Beyond era and maybe a bit of Defiance as well. There's something truly appealing in their mix of Speed and Thrash Metal; something that you really cannot to put your finger on, to pinpoint exactly why the band's appeal factor is so strong. They play melodic, pretty stripped down and semi-progressive Speed/Thrash Metal, and at times using even kind of fast, up-tempo-ish elements to kick straight through our hearts. The weakest link is actually Simon Bihlmayer's vocal lines. His vocals are a bit too colorless and lifeless for the kind of stuff they do, at least for my picky taste. A change of vocalist would help get more power into their otherwise solid performance.
Nonetheless, Overdrive is a very good opening debut album from Running Death, and I am sure they can still improve their sound a lot in the future.
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