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Review: Pánico al Miedo - Formador
Pánico al Miedo

Label: Symbol of Domination
Year released: 2018
Duration: 53:11
Tracks: 13
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: January 17, 2019
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating

Rated 3.25/5 (65%) (4 Votes)

Hailing from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, this Spanish deathrashing fivesome has been making some noise since 2012. With only one self-titled 4-song EP, released in 2015, on their release roster so far, the band's debut album, Formador, was catapulted out of the doors in April 2018.

The music is mostly Thrash Metal with lots of variation, with just Marc's half-growled and half-shouted (Jufré) vocals on top of it. The vocalist ruins the enjoyment for me, sounding like the band hired some awful sounding metalcore singer for the job. Anyways, he simply sounds too modern and even annoying.

If you are just able to ignore his vocal parts off the record and concentrate on listening to what the other guys have to offer here instrumentally, they can thrash pretty nicely in many ways. They know what it takes to churn out some striking riffs, a couple of spot-on solos and melodies and overall understand how to make a song that doesn't make you switch your player off once you have heard the first seconds coming out of your speaker. Such names as Testament, Exodus, Forbidden and some others mostly from the Bay Area Thrash scene have undoubtedly been those biggest influences on this band, and you can hardly ever go wrong with any quality Bay Area-tinged Thrash, can you?

I like Ed Repka's artwork on the album cover, too (not his best work, but still good) but could live without Marc's vocals. Sorry, man.

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