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Review: SDI - Sign of the Wicked
Sign of the Wicked

Label: Scratchcore
Year released: 1988
Duration: 33:04
Tracks: 9
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: March 29, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Sign of the Wicked

Rated 4/5 (80%) (14 Votes)

Damn... This is like Tankard sped up a notch! I had never heard of these German thrashers before and now I'm making up for lost time by playing this album over and over. I thought Tankard were the only thrash band playing this "thrash with a funny/party twist" but it turns out SDI had the same idea (or one stole the idea from the other - who cares, they both rule.) Sometimes sounding like Tankard, sometimes sounding like what Iron Maiden would sound like if they played thrash, SDI play at high speed and sometimes seem to lose track of where they are (in a funny way, rather than the annoying sucky way ;)), with some songs often taking unexpected directions - either musically or vocally. After a while you get used to it, but on the first few listens, I often found myself with a question mark in my face while listening to this. Without going into the darker, violence-theme thrash, the band can still showcase quite a bit of aggression and be "entertaining" at the same time. In the end you can't help but think that these guys were just simply having a good time doing this. The cleaner parts are very close to what Helloween was doing at the time, but overall this is faster and more aggressive, and the guitars are a lot more raw. There's a bit of everything that was going on in the (real) metal scene at the time, and this diversity just adds to the overall entertainment factor. This album is simply addictive. Fuck, I can't believe I had to wait 16 years to hear this album. If you like thrash and speed metal, then you owe it to yourself to give this a listen. And if you already own it, give it a few spins right fucking now! ;)

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