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Review: Sadistic Force - Aces Wild
Sadistic Force
Aces Wild

Label: Independent
Year released: 2021
Duration: 33:06
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black/Thrash

Rating: 5/5

Review online: October 4, 2021
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
Aces Wild

Rated 4.67/5 (93.33%) (3 Votes)

Sadistic Force is a band out of Austin, Texas. I randomly came across them as I was going through new releases for the week on Spotify and the album just stopped me in my tracks and forced me to listen to it at least a half-dozen times by this point. So much so, I got in contact with the band to get a little background information for this review.

Far and away the most shocking thing I discovered after receiving a reply to my email is that this band started with James Oliver (guitars and vocals) in December 2020 and the rhythm section (Blain Dismukes on bass and Jose Alcaraz on drums) was added in April. So, this project has only been an actual band for six months before putting this album out. That is absolutely bat shit insane to me when you consider just how damn good this album is.

The music is a killer blend of Blackened Thrash Metal and the relatively new genre of Black' n' Roll made popular from bands like Bewitcher and Hellripper. James mentioned their influences being both those bands as well as Witchery, Nocturnal Breed, Speedwolf, Motörhead, Vanik, and Diabolical Night, which you can definitely hear the influences clearly throughout this album. This album really sounds exactly like what you would get if you put all of those bands in a blender. The guitar work has some great lead work, but the star of the show is the just one great riff after another. Drums and bass are right on point and add that bottom end that really ties everything together. Again, the fact these guys have only been working together for six months is absolutely astounding. It seriously sounds like these guys have been together for years. Honestly, there isn't even a slight nitpick I can even think of when listening to this album, which is incredibly rare for a debut full-length.

A couple of other things worthy of note is the fantastic cover of the WASP song "Blind in Texas". Their version, titled "Snowblind in Texas", has slightly different lyrics and was partly inspired by the shitshow that was Texas last year during the winter storm that crippled the state. Finally, the album artwork provided by an artist named Wyrmwalk is absolutely perfect for this album. It just captures the intensity of the record and I just love the color palette. I hope the band is signed quickly and we get a vinyl release. This band seems like a perfect candidate for Napalm or Prosthetic Records and, if this debut is any indication, they will not be unsigned for very long. I would absolutely love to see this band on a live bill with Bewitcher and possibly Paladin for a bit of contrast.

Overall, if you like any of the bands mentioned above, you will love this album. The feeling of these guys having a good time playing music is simply palpable all over this record. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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