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Review: Protector - Excessive Outburst of Depravity
Excessive Outburst of Depravity

Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2022
Duration: 47:31
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death/Thrash


Review online: June 22, 2022
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4.43/5 (88.57%) (7 Votes)

Protector have been at this off and on since 1986, and this latest album shows that they still got what it takes to deliver some catchy and punchy death/thrash. It’s unfortunately a very crowded genre and it takes a lot to set yourself apart, and Excessive Outburst of Depravity doesn’t quite do that, though it’s certainly a quality release overall. Most of the album is just good, but unremarkable death/thrash, the kind that gets the head banging and the fist in the air but doesn’t leave a huge mark once it’s over. A few songs here, however, are pretty much guaranteed to stick in your head and will inevitably make you reach for the album when you need to get the blood pumping. Opener "Last Stand Hill," "Pandemic Misery," "Perpetual Blood Oath," "Cleithrophobia" and "Toiling in Sheol" are all guilty of massive death/thrash ownage in that respect. The others, despite being pretty strong, don’t leave as much an impression (keep in mind that I hear a lot of death/thrash in the course of a year, so your mileage may vary), but just about every song here is bound to make a killing in the live setting.

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