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Review: Thraz - Roll of Dice
Roll of Dice

Label: Alcyone Records
Year released: 2019
Duration: 41:37
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: March 1, 2020
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)

Greece and Spain have really become the best places to get Thrash from these days. They just keep pumping out quality Thrash, and Thessaloniki's 2-piece Thraz are no exception to that. It started with Greek underground mainstay David Meno composing material for use in other bands, but with the help of his friend George Baltas at the drums he just went ahead and made a whole new band for it all, and the results are an imperfect but solid slice of Thrash.

Musically, this is the kind of Thrash that America has been making for decades, with obvious influences being Overkill, Exodus, Sacred Reich, and even Metallica on the closing instrumental "Changing Eras". They have a good sense for stomping riffs and grooving sections, but despite a few tempo changes here and there, the songs on here stay around the same mid-pace and rob the album of a lot of the excitement it might otherwise have. Still, the performances are solid, with David's vocals sounding somewhere in between Booby Blitz and Steve "Zetro" Souza, the production is crisp and clean, and while they lack variety, the songs are all pretty well written. Some faster cuts would have perked this album up a good bit, but it's a debut, so we can always hope for the next album to fix that. Not a classic, but worth checking out all the same.

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