|Review: Pnuk - After Death|
Year released: 2020
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: February 17, 2021
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 3.88/5 (77.65%) (17 Votes)
Spanish Crossover-fueled thrashers Pnuk (an anagram for Punk, I guess?) have been around since 2014, releasing three full-lengths in that time including this one just last year. They've switched from singing in Spanish to English with this release, which I think takes away a bit of their identity, but not enough to make it a real problem, and is the only real change they've made to their sound on After Death. Musically, this is what I would call a "safe" album as far as Crossover goes. It follows in the footsteps of D.R.I., Ludichrist, and Slayer faithfully, it evokes the '80s loyally, and it does so with good riffs, good singing, and a rough, crispy production, all of which are enjoyable without being remarkable. The only real complaint I have is that the songs are all too long, running between 4-6 minutes when this genre practically demands that they be more 3-4 minutes, otherwise they stretch themselves out like they do here at times. There is neither anything new nor mandatory to be found here, but it's well done and entertaining when it's on, and sometimes that's all I ask for.
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