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Review: Chupacabra - Fortified with Ashes
Fortified with Ashes

Label: Independent
Year released: 2023
Duration: 14:28
Tracks: 3
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: June 19, 2023
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Fortified with Ashes

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

Definitely an unexpected name for a thrash band, this one is made of experienced musicians from the Bristol area and their debut EP is one hell of a slab of old-school thrash, very much in the vein of the rawer crowd like early Kreator and other early to mid-80s insane German thrash. It's fast, aggressive, and relentless, with harsh vocals from female vocalist Heather Taylor that sound like a blend of Sabina of Holy Moses with Destruction's Schmier and Mille from Kreator for some added German-style aggressive thrash vocal goodness, so no smooth care-bear stuff to be found here. Heavy, pounding, savage, breakneck speed... It's mid-80s in-your-face raw thrash all over again. It'll be interesting to see if they can keep this level on a full-length album—I have my hopes up. Lots of new thrash bands out there and this is a rare one that made me sit back and take notice.

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