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Review: Convicted - Convicted

Label: Slaney Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 36:40
Tracks: 9
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 2.75/5

Review online: August 3, 2010
Reviewed by: Adam Kohrman
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Here we have the second album from small time Greek thrashers Convicted. This is a strange album, as it sounds so young and angry, but done so in a superficial and unnatural fashion. While the music itself is competently played: your usual brazen, no frills, pissed off Thrash, the entire emotion and energy backing the album up feels juvenile and obnoxious. There's a bit too much of a tough guy bravado to this album. I expected, after hearing this, to discover that these were a bunch of 18 year olds, but in fact, the members of Convicted have been together for twelve years. The overwhelming sense of young and naïve anger is this album's most obvious characteristic, but the music itself is energetic and well played.

These riffs are quick and break down into sections that are sure to get your head rolling. Barking over the rest of the music are John Kospantsidis' scratchy shouts, adding a visceral sense of fierceness to the album. This sound isn't anything special, and could be heard at any given time in Bay Area right now, but that isn't to say it's bad. It's just quite unoriginal. Eventually though, it becomes clear that this banal aggression is about all Convicted can do. Songs like "Fuck Off and Die" (which does happen to have a great opening riff), go on too long and repeat themselves. Convicted have one thing going for them, and they repeat all over this album. By the end, it has become tiresome and ineffective. The band can certainly play angry Thrash very well, but it would do them good to further variegate their sound.

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