|Review: Strike Master - Strike Master|
Year released: 2017
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: November 27, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)
One of Mexico's better Thrash Metal exports, Strike Master, have come a long way since they released their 2-song demo, Murder in the Kitchen, in 2005. Now the band only has original vocalist and guitarist Francisco Camou Colas left, who has kept the band going from one release to the other.
This Mexican trio's fourth studio album was released in October 2017, and right off the bat I need to say they have refined their sound a lot since their third record, Majestic Strike. The tempos have dropped down quite drastically; they got slower playing wise but not sloppier, and their brand of more sophisticated and melodic take on Thrash Metal isn't bad—not bad at all to be honest. I like this album a tad better than what they did on their previous slab. I am even more pleased with the production because we can finally hear the bass in there, doing its own acrobatic, almost Steve DiGiorgio-ish things among other instruments. I have never heard this band jammin' in such a relaxed way either, like they do in "Chant of Falcons", following in the footsteps of both Black Sabbath and Megadeth. However, you should not worry a bit because Strike Master is still a pretty badass Thrash Metal band as they come to prove on songs like "Boy in the Hole", "The Mortalist" and "Machines of Mercy". Francisco's aggressive vocal outbursts bring Mille Petrozza to mind if you need a comparison.
This 2017 release from Strike Master is probably the band's finest moment so far, but then again, you dear listener, be the judge.
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