|Review: Space Chaser - Give Us Life|
|Give Us Life|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2021
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: August 5, 2021
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
for:Give Us Life
Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (6 Votes)
Space Chaser is a Thrash Metal band out of Germany. I came across this band a while ago and have been listening to this album since getting the promo. I liked it so much that I even pre-ordered the vinyl album. This review is more than a little late as I had some personal life problems to take care of, but I was always going to get this review done. This band deserves some coverage as this album is damn good. That being said, you can't really go wrong with any of their releases.
Seems like the newer Thrash Metal bands coming out of Germany are taking the approach of moving away from what you would normally expect from the world-renowned German Thrash bands of the past (Kreator, Sodom, Destruction). Dust Bolt is more heavily influenced from the thrashier elements of Suicidal Tendencies and a bit of Anthrax. Ravager seems to be heavily influenced by Exodus. Space Chaser continues this trend with their influences sounding like the German version of Overkill along with moments of Slayer thrown into the mix in the speedier sections (check out the tremolo picking on track 4, "A.O.A")). Hell, Siegfried Rudzynski sounds like a less screechy version of Bobby Blitz, in a good way. I personally like Blitz's vocals, but I know that is not a universal opinion...lol
This is out-and-out riff-heavy Thrash Metal from beginning to end with plenty of super headbangable (pretty sure that is not a word but I am using it) moments throughout the album. Great production lets every instrument shine and there certainly is no lack of musical talent in this band. Everything is of a very high level. I also have to give props on the excellently cheesy video for "Remnants of Technology". If that video doesn't make you want to listen to the rest of the album, there is something wrong with you. These guys like to have fun and that really comes across in the video. So why, as a thrash metal connoisseur, did I not give this a perfect score? It's a small nitpick but one that stands out to me on repeated listens. There is a very noticeable lack of lead guitar work on this album. Not to say there is none, but hands down the best song on the album is track 7, "Burn Them All," which has an absolutely killer guitar solo. It is actually so good and catchy it makes you notice the lack of a solo on other tracks. Like I said, it is a minor complaint but one that I noticed.
Overall, if you are looking for some catchy east coast Thrash Metal with nods to Overkill and Slayer, look no further. This band will deliver everything you need. Highly Recommended.
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