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Review: The Troops of Doom - The Rise of Heresy
The Troops of Doom
The Rise of Heresy

Label: Blood Blast Distribution
Year released: 2020
Duration: 22:23
Tracks: 6
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 5+/5

Review online: October 10, 2020
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
The Rise of Heresy

Rated 5/5 (100%) (15 Votes)

Holy fucking shit! When I heard that early Sepultura member Jairo "Tormentor" Guedz was forming a band, I was expecting it to sound a lot like Bestial Devastation and Morbid Visions, and I was dead on the money. What I wasn't entirely expecting was for The Troops of Doom to not only be as good and maybe even better than early Sepultura, but to also release some of the best damn Death/Thrash I've ever heard.

Outside of the early Sepultura influences, The Rise of Heresy takes inspiration from the usual suspects like early Slayer and Celtic Frost, and even a bit from Hobbs Angel of Death. These traditional influences come together to create a primitive, mystical, downright diabolical Death/Thrash assault that'll rip your ears clean off and demand that you crank it to 11 so your unsuspecting neighbors suffer the same fate. With tracks like the vicious and primal "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" and the raw and arcane highlight "The Confessional", Death/Thrash simply doesn't get any better than this. Hell, even their covers of Sepultura's "Bestial Devastation" and "Troops of Doom" are first-rate, giving them the modern touches needed to update them into energized and bloodthirsty whirlwinds of devastation.

I just can't say enough good things about this release. It may be short, but this stuff could actually kill everything in a 10-mile radius if it were any longer. Brutal, mean, and so old school, it's innovative, The Rise of Heresy serves as the rise of an old underground legend into the limelight once more. If that doesn't do it for you, then you'd better start running, because The Troops of Doom will track you down and snap your poser spine in half! Essential.

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