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Review: Speedtrap/Death With a Dagger - Speedtrap/Death With a Dagger Split
Death With a Dagger
Speedtrap/Death With a Dagger Split

Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 23:00
Tracks: 7
Genre: Heavy/Thrash

Rating: 3/5

Review online: June 10, 2010
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Speedtrap/Death With a Dagger Split

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (8 Votes)

Interesting split from High Roller Records, featuring a couple of 80s-inspired Thrash/Speed Metal bands, Speedtrap and Death with a Dagger. Both bands crank out some high octane, speedy Metal that is sometimes Thrash and other times straight up Heavy Metal.

Speedtrap, who hail from Finland, seem to draw their inspiration from the early, raw sounds of Motley Crue's Too Fast for Love mixed with Anthrax's Fistful of Metal, for a fast, yet melodic sound. The vocals have a slightly flat, Dan Beehler-like screaming quality that takes a bit of getting used to. The rest of the band sound like a serviceable, if unspectacular, group of musicians. "Midnight (Rough Ride)," the slowest song on this speed-fest, is well written and enjoyable, but the rest of the very short songs, especially the irritatingly repetitive "Time to Die," are all throwaways.

Death with a Dagger, also from Finland, is just as fast as their counterparts, but has borrowed a bit more from Thrash/Crossover pioneers like D.R.I., while retaining a good bit of melody. In the vocal department, the band eschews the high, screechy sound for a gruffer, low growl. The best song, "White Lady," has a definite NWOBHM vibe, especially in the chorus, while the other two tracks are pure U.S. Thrash/Crossover.

Neither band is bringing anything new to the table nor are any of the songs particularly noteworthy, but considering both bands are early in their careers, perhaps greater things are just over the horizon. U.S. Speed/Thrash/Crossover fans take note.

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