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Review: Steelgar - Xenocide

Label: Independent
Year released: 2010
Duration: 44:30
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 20, 2010
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
Readers Rating

Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (10 Votes)

The army of goats has arrived to conquer the world, and it goes by the name of Steelgar. Spanish in origin, someone over there must have been greatly influence by Frank Herbert's Dune series to choose this name. Make no mistake, there will be Xenocide after this thrash assault.

Steelgar is rooted in 80s Bay Area Thrash but mixes in some European Thrash as well as Traditional Metal. They make it very simple for the listen to comprehend their music and views. Whether hailing old school Thrash on "Thrashing Knights" or paying tribute to the Dune novels on "Riders of the Sand," it's all right there before your ears. There are no mysteries here.

Steelgar's music falls within the boundaries of traditional old school Thrash with an 80s-inspired production. The riffs and solos are authentic 80s as well, straight up, no bullshit. Steelgar avoided the modern trend of D tuning their guitars, further enhancing the classic sound.

Xenocide might hearken back to the past of Thrash, but with its undying speed and power, it is no relic. For the true Thrash fan this will be a nice trip with monsters like "Injected," "Napalm Burn," "Hunter on Prowl," "Riders of the Sand" and "Thrashing Knights." However, there are no home runs on Xenocide and even the best songs could have been mind blowing with a little more effort.

It seems as though Steelgar took the safest route for making and old school Thrash album without taking any risks along the way. While it is true, the old school formula will always have its appeal, some variation can be a good thing, too.

Xenocide is the product of Steelgar's four years in existence. Their metal vision is something other bands in the genre should embrace. Steelgar now needs to come up with a 2nd album that will show the metal world their true worth. Thrash on, guys!

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