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Review: Ground Control - Dragged
Ground Control

Label: Punishment 18 Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 37:02
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 2.75/5

Review online: June 11, 2011
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
Readers Rating

Rated 1/5 (20%) (1 Vote)

Unlike the majority of bands from the Italian Thrash Metal scene that took the German and American styles and molded them into something uniquely their own, Ground Control, from Verona, took a different approach. By emulating later Metallica, it was hard for me to even recognize this band as Thrash. Their material contains elements of groove and even Hard Rock and for that, I salute them. Yet despite all the diverse elements they could have chosen, they decided to follow Metallica? Where's the aggression in that?

However, this review isn't about Metallica, it's about a band that tried to do something different so as not to sound like everyone else. Those efforts should be respected because it isn't easy to take such risks. The band's second album, Dragged, is equal parts soft and aggressive. The track "Final Solution" gives a good account of how the band successfully combines elements of Thrash with more melodic songwriting. Besides this song, unfortunately, I can't say I found much else on the album that was very impressive.

Most of Dragged is boring. Almost every song sounds like different parts that were meant to be connected but weren't. It left me trying to decide which parts of individual songs I liked more. The rhythm section tried to be diverse, without much success. The lead section, however, did OK. I guess if the guitarist's nickname is "Yngwie," you shouldn't expect anything less.

Again, I credit the band for their efforts to expand Thrash Metal. As a fan, it is a welcome development within the genre. Ground Control isn't the worst thing around, but they need some better songs if they want to generate more interest in their unique take on Thrash.

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