|Review: Ramming Speed - Brainwreck|
Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: December 26, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Crossover Thrash from Boston here. 13 songs that go by very quickly – just a little less than half an hour. This album rocks quite a bit and mixes crossover with a bit of Heavy Metal. The vocals are what you expect from crossover Thrash, shouted, almost spoken (barked?) vocals that do what they have to do – personally that’s what makes me take crossover only in small doses, but your mileage may vary. There are some more growly vocals, such as in “Shane Embry is the Brad Pitt of Grindcore” (!), but for the most part it’s the crossover style that dominates.
This is mostly mid to fast-paced (more of the latter) and quite catchy overall. I’m not crazy about this album, yet I never felt the urge to turn it off and often found myself just playing it on repeat. It’s got that crazy, out of control, party-like vibe that’s often present in the genre, and these guys do it pretty well. They sometimes go more toward a traditional Heavy Metal sound as well, but rarely keeping it up for a “prolonged” period, save for the closer “Heavy Metal Thunder” which is barebones Heavy Metal with a bit of a NWOBHM vibe. Thrash is pretty much absent from this last track and the vocals are less shouted, and it almost sounds like you’re listening to a different band.
Overall, a good slab of no-nonsense crossover Thrash with a twist, Brainwreck is a non-stop assault to the senses that will – you guessed it – wreck your brain. OK, maybe not, but it’s cool. If you haven’t closed the door on all Thrash bands formed after 1990 like all the little whiny posers out there, these guys are worth checking out.
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