|Review: Bonded by Blood - Extinguish the Weak|
|Extinguish the Weak|
Label: Earache Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: September 29, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Extinguish the Weak
Bonded by Blood is the - or one of the - latest bands playing thrash the old school way. Their first label release, some two years after their formation, is this somewhat short EP. Somebody was in a rush to get something on the market, I guess. The music is pretty good overall; this of course is basically old school Bay Area thrash with modern production means and it's what you'd expect: mid to fast paced thrash with a healthy number of solos, and clean throaty vocals that lead the way for the music, not unlike their evident influence (if you haven't clued in on that one yet, well, never mind.) A couple of songs do stand out for various reasons: "Immortal Life" at times sounds like a slower version of "Bonded by Blood" (the song), and the "Bonus Track" is inspired by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, of all things (this one stands out as odd, it's pretty silly.) The overall vibe is what I often call "party thrash"; it's fast, aggressive music, but it also sounds like it would put some life blasting in a party - very catchy melodies and beats and the vocals sound funny no matter what the guy is singing. It's hard to say with a 16 minutes release whether these guys have what it takes (we'll have to wait for a full length for that), but this is pretty decent, although definitely not original. You can find better from other "new" old school thrash bands, but this is OK if the price is right.
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