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Review: National Suicide - The Old Family Is Still Alive
National Suicide
The Old Family Is Still Alive

Label: Independent
Year released: 2007
Duration: 16:34
Tracks: 4
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: February 26, 2009
Reviewed by: Daniel DGYDP Guerrero
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Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (16 Votes)

I could start by saying that this band sounds a lot like Overkill and Exodus, but that's not giving National Suicide enough credit. Fact is, the four songs on this demo destroy most things those two bands have ever done. Close this window, go buy the CD and prepare for some kick-ass Thrash Metal, the way it was meant to be!

But since I started writing this review I might as well just finish it. The music: a crushing combination of Overkill and Exodus in their prime, with extra awesome on top of it. If you thought old school Thrash is a thing of the 80s, think again, because these guys are more old school than the actual 80s bands. There's insanely fast frenzy, stomping mid-paced sections, supersonic lead segments and viciously piercing beats, all of which would make posers tremble and implode upon hearing. The vocals remind me very much of Bobby Blitz, with some Steve Souza touches on top and in general quite outstanding vocal lines.

The rest of the band do a remarkable job too: the riffs and solos are extraordinary, the bass work is interestingly intricate and the drumming is top-notch. Everything about this band proves that they're one of the best new-wave Thrash bands, including the tight and crushing production. Best of all things, this is their first demo, which means the band will likely only get better as times goes on. The world should better get ready, because National Suicide are coming!

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