|Review: Skitzo - Hellavator Musick|
Label: Mourningstar Records
Year released: 2002
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: December 3, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Here's a band that's been around for a while, yet I had not heard of them until they e-mailed me. So many bands... Anyway. Skitzo are a thrash metal bands that plays along the lines of such traditional acts as Slayer and Razor - not necessarily sounding exactly like them, of course, but I can hear some influences here and there, along with Painkiller-era Judas Priest. They don't have the sound of the newer bands, but don't sound like they've been parachuted from the 80s either (not that that would be a bad thing. ;)) Somehow these guys produce some pretty brutal stuff without the need to go into death metal "gimmicks" such as blast beats or whatever. Very clear, aggressive, I would even say "abrasive" guitars to describe the axe work on this album. The drumming is also surprisingly clear, almost taking as much room as the guitars on this and the result is half an hour of serious headbanging by yours truly (I think I'll freak out people at work if I keep listening to this in my office. :)) Think 80s thrash at its best, with a modern sound and production. The vocals are of the clean "thrashy" variety, a bit along the lines of Seasons of the Abyss-era Slayer.
At 31:17, the album is a bit on the short side and could have benefited from a couple of more songs. The seventh song is a bonus live track.
Strangely, it took me a couple of listens to really start appreciating this album. Maybe I was still under shock after reading that the singer can puke on demand - and will happily puke on fans who want it at live shows. That even landed him an appearance on the Jerry Springer show(!) Weird stuff. I think I'll steer clear of their live performances, or at the very least stay far away from the stage. :) This album is something that fans of traditional thrash metal should definitely check out. Some samples are available on the band's web site.
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