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Review: Aggression - Feels like Punk, Sounds like Thrash
Feels like Punk, Sounds like Thrash

Label: Dissonance Productions
Year released: 2018
Duration: 32:48
Tracks: 9
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: January 11, 2019
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)

One of Canada's most legendary underground metal bands, Aggression, released their fifth studio album in May 2018 on the UK's Dissonance Productions. The album's title, Feels Like Punk Sounds Like Thrash, is a very fitting title to describe my feelings: the guys already knew how to thrash but this time they've adopted a bit more of a punk attitude to get their message through, and they have done a fine job at it.

The album's starts off with an instrumental intro titled "Avalanche", which instantly reminded me of Slayer's iconic song "Raining Blood." I was like, "should I prepare myself for a really mean and hostile sounding thrash metal record...?". However, do not let the intro fool you because it doesn't lead you into the same vicious and evil soundscapes of R.i.B. No, not at all. Instead of full-on neck-snapping aggression, the album is packed with some good moments of thrash metal and, yes, hardcore/punk and more. The song titles are not any more serious than they were before: the guys do know how to goof around a little bit and let loose for the sake of just having fun.

Brian Langley, the band's vocalist since 2014, also is a good fit for the band, with his voice of many colors. Take for example "Tales of Terror" in which he challenges his vocal arsenal by adopting a style that sounds very much like Voïvod's Snake. "Stench of Your Mediocre Existence," which is a totally wonderful song title, brings Deceased to my mind, with just a more rocking vibe, while "Riding with the Living Dead" has some nice Anthrax-ish flavor to it. The band offers a mixed package of thrash, punk/hardcore, rock, heavy metal and an absolutely relentless attitude which I find very entertaining. If you don't like this, then you are not my friend.

More about Aggression...
Review: From Hell with Hate (reviewed by Michel Renaud)
Interview with vocalist Brian Langley on October 29, 2017 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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