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Review: Chainbreaker - Relentless Night
Relentless Night

Label: Metal on Metal Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 36:55
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: December 9, 2020
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (8 Votes)

Austrian thrashers Chainbreäker are back with their sophomore effort, Relentless Night, their first release on the Metal on Metal Records label. I remember liking their 2018 debut, Wasteland City, finding it easily comparable with early Exodus and Slayer. Those are still clear influences, but they're less prominent here to make way for more modern influences like Evil Invaders and Vultures. That's not to say this Modern Thrash to any extent, and Chainbreäker still rely more on simple, old-school melodies than many of their contemporaries, as is evident on the title track, the violent, Slayer-esque "The Axe", and "Out of the Crypt", which sounds the most like it could have come from the debut. They even throw in some NWOBHM elements on "Into Eternal Silence", further reinforcing the fact that their dedication is to the glory days of the '80s first and foremost. I can't call this essential, and it may not be quite as fun as the debut, but it's hard for me to dislike anything this nostalgic and familiar, especially when it results in a damn fine piece of Speed/Thrash that sounds like something I could have found it back in the tape-trading days. Get this if you pine for the old days and aren't a complete pussy.

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