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Review: Mosfet - Sickness of Memory
Sickness of Memory

Label: Refused Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 38:44
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black/Thrash

Rating: 4/5

Review online: September 30, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Sickness of Memory


First full-length for this Austrian band, Sickeness of Memory can be described in short as "blackened Thrash 'n' Roll." The vocals are of the Black/Thrash style – harsh and raspy, and a bit growly and the lyrics are decipherable if you pay close enough attention. These guys thrash hard, but as the "'n' roll" implies, this is very catchy stuff that purely and simply rocks, making this fun – in a "party" kind of way – to listen to even though it does flirt with both Black and Death Metal at times. The hooks are catchy as hell, and even the vocal melodies – which go hand in hand with the music – are singalong-inducing. This is 38 minutes of headbanging, fist-in-the-air fun.

These guys remind me a bit of Finland's Wizzard, just a bit more rock 'n' roll. Their Thrash is heavy enough, mostly fast-paced though there are those slow, heavy passages that can get the listener pumped while the music is building up toward more speed. The music is a bit raw and it's all part of the charm – this just wouldn't work if it were too tight and with too clean a production. As it is this is just great "garage Thrash." A few wicked, sometimes ear-piercing solos will snap some strings off your air guitar. I really wasn't expecting this when I first put this album on, but it's been on regular rotation here for a few weeks and I can't get enough of it. A whole lot of thrashing madness.

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