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Review: Maniak - Black Thrashing Genocide
Black Thrashing Genocide

Label: Grief Foundation
Year released: 2009
Duration: 33:47
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black/Thrash

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: May 25, 2009
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
Black Thrashing Genocide

Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (4 Votes)

After a trippy, slap feedback filled (if not ultimately pointless) intro, it soon becomes clear as to what sort of bands Phillipino metal mongers Maniak worship. Within seconds, Black Thrashing Genocide transports you back to the early to mid 80s, when the 1st wave of Black Metal crawled kicking and screaming into existence.

Much like Sabbat or Abigail - the Japanese ones, naturally - this is all about unashamedly aping the noisy, thrashy blackened sounds that were created by the likes of early Venom and Bathory, with a gnarly ejaculate of Sodom squirted into the mixing pot. In fact, you only need to add in a few virgins, goats, and unholy semen (regular semen just doesn't have the same piquancy), and you have Maniak's Raison d'être right there. The bass heavy mix does a lot to keep the rumbling, dirty sound these guys create uncomfortable to listen to (as it should be, I might add), with noisy riffs squealing and writhing out chaotic songs about satan, thunder, goats and raising your damn fist for METAL. Having déjà vu? Think you've heard it all before? Of course you have, but it doesn't stop it from being thoroughly enjoyable. They certainly have the enthusiasm and nuts to back it up, not to mention the riffs!

So, if you're hankering for some first wave thrashing blackened filth, you could do a lot worse than to check out these spiked leather-clad demoniacs.

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