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Review: Contorsion - Solace Through Lies
Solace Through Lies

Label: Independent
Year released: 2009
Duration: 53:16
Tracks: 11
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: May 25, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
Solace Through Lies

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)

The debut album from Swiss thrashers Contorsion stands as a nice stab at the genre and a decent debut. Their style is common of the more modern side of thrash metal, taking influence from the recent works of acts such like Exodus or Testament. This is a rather straightforward affair, lacking in both technicality and originality but making up for it in energy and deliverance. While obviously I'm more inclined toward a more musically stunning effort, fans of the genre that never got past drinking beers, smoking weed and slamming around whatever house party they're at will certainly find a lot of enjoyment – which is probably the best thing about this album, it keeps your head banging throughout with a massive guitar tone and quality drum sound to help. The bass is audible enough, which is something we all know can be neglected, and in thrash metal I think it's something of a necessity to keep that bass audible. While this album is far from perfect, or amazing for that matter, it's still a pretty fun listen that fans of the genre could enjoy. The main bad points here are that the tracks have a habit of blurring into one another, the lead guitars leave a fair bit to be desired and the vocals could do with some work. On the plus side, this is hard and heavy, packing some mean riffs. Thrash fans should check this out, for the rest you can give this a miss.

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