|Classic Review: Risk - The Reborn|
Year released: 1992
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: March 11, 2005
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
"Risk who???" Sadly, that is the fate of this menacing German quintet – a forgotten legend. Risk are an old school band that paved way for a lot of the modern acts in the power/thrash category. One should not confuse stuff from the USA such as Agent Steel, Forbidden or Metal Church with this school. While those bands were still heavy/thrash, the melodic and traditional metal aspect in some respects slightly dominated the "thrash" leanings in those bands; in Risk's case it was the opposite. The music these guys played was by and large thrash metal, but it was more mid-tempo with lots of space for vocal melodies to storm in when need be. These boys made no compromises, made no copy cat efforts along the lines of their better known country mates (Sodom, Destruction, Kreator) and simply spawned a very weird but awesome style of metal that really just stayed within the underground and never really caught on that much.
This album features far too many killer cuts, so it is an understatement to simply say this is a must have for any fan of mid-tempo or melodic thrash. After a decent (but forgettable) intro, the 9 minute attack of "Last Warning" features not a dull moment and starts off the onslaught. "Be No More" comes up next, which is the most badass track on here! Yeah…it is satanic and all, but when this much venom and hatred is spilled and narrated so casually on top of such jagged riff work, it's just in a league of its own. "Turn Back To Ecstasy" or "No One Will Remember" are some other murderous cuts on "The Reborn" that follow on later.
If you are a fan of cleanly sung thrash metal, then give this band a chance. They're not necessarily a satanic or "evil" band, but such themes of hate do crop up here and there. It is mean and heavy with a decent dose of melody in the choruses. If you happen to see this album somewhere, you would be best advised to grab it because it truly is a forgotten masterpiece.
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