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Review: Protector - A Shedding of Skin
A Shedding of Skin

Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2020
Originally released in: 1991
Duration: 41:24
Tracks: 13
Genre: Death/Thrash


Review online: November 20, 2021
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

Protector were one of the many German Thrash acts that never really made a name for themselves the first time around, being overshadowed by the likes of Kreator and Sodom while still maintaining a solid career with two distinct eras and even a solid revival starting in 2011 after their initial split in 2003. They've recently reissued their 1991 full-length, A Shredding of Skin, which was originally released near the end of their initial run with Olly Wiebel and leaned more on Death Metal than their later, thrashier releases helmed by Martin Missy. In their early days, they were something akin to Pestilence if they leaned harder on the Thrash, with shredding riffs and Olly's hostile barks leading the mostly fast-paced songs, with the occasional breakdown tossed in for good measure. Personally, I'd say they were one of the best underground German Thrash acts of the era, so no one is happier than me to see this killer little gem get the love that it deserves, especially with a nicely remastered production to make this sound as sharp and furious as it deserves. If you're one of the many people who missed Protector back in the day, now is as good a time as any to get this album and introduce yourself to this killer album from one of Germany's unsung greats.

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