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Review: Razgate - After the Storm... the Fire!
After the Storm... the Fire!

Label: Punishment 18 Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 38:31
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: March 24, 2021
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (4 Votes)

Italy is known for a lot of things, but one of them should absolutely be the quality Metal they regularly pump out. Razgate are another fine example of this, and their latest album After the Storm...the Fire! sees them working in that Kreator/Slayer vein of Thrash with a kick of Punk for good measure. After a brief acoustic intro, whose inclusion shows either bravery or stupidity on the part of a Thrash band, they get down to business with precise and powerful guitar playing that's just loose enough to still be brutal and unforgiving, nonstop drumming madness courtesy of Iago Bruchi, and the anguished screams of Giacomo "Capo" James Burgassi, who sounds so close to Divine Intervention-era Tom Araya I had to look at the lineup to be damn sure it wasn't actually him. The songs are generally fast and furious, but there are points, like on "Grinding Metal", where they settle down into a rocking Megadeth-esque groove that fits their style perfectly. There isn't much more to say about this album, but then that's hardly a bad thing when it's all quality material, so if you like your Thrash to lean a bit on Punk without sacrificing aggression, then this is a head-stomping good time.

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