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Review: Hyades - Abuse Your Illusions
Abuse Your Illusions

Label: Mausoleum Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 47:30
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: March 16, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (8 Votes)

Hyades is a thrash band hailing from Italy. Now THIS is real thrash, not the kind of modern thrash junk such as Silencer presented us with "Death of Awe" on this very same record label. Not only do Hyades play this the old school way, the production is also old school, which is practically a must for good thrash - well, maybe not, but it doesn't hurt. The vocals are mostly of the punk/crossover style that may turn some people off, but I must say that in the style I've heard a lot worse and this is not only tolerable here, it also fits the music rather well. This one really comes down to personal taste.

Musically these guys are all over the place in terms of classic thrash influeces: Kreator, Artillery, Metallica (Ride the Lightning era), Anthrax and probably a couple more. The influences are very audible, sometimes reminding me of actual songs from the aforementioned bands, not just the "style". They push the Artillery worship pretty far, with "Picture of a War" sounding a lot like "Khomaniac". The booklet does include a mention that the song is a tribute to Artillery, and in that light it cannot really be called a ripoff. No matter what, this album doesn't stop from beginning to end and if you're still alive by then, you'll find yourself asking for more. Funny, if not original: A cover of the Beastie Boys' "Fight For Your Right (To Party)" closes the album. Ah the memories. Back when rap didn't represent total suckage and there were some genuinely good rap tunes. A fun cover, if anything. Bottom line, if you're looking for some old school thrash and like to smile at more-than-obvious influences in the songs, this one's for you.

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