|Review: Rapid Strike - God Take Me to Hell|
|God Take Me to Hell|
Label: One Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: October 13, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:God Take Me to Hell
God Take Me to Hell is old school Thrash, by way of Croatia, courtesy of Rapid Strike. I'm going to assume this is a relatively new band because they have no Metal-Archives listing and their Myspace page was created 8/16/11 (less than two months before this review). While they may be new, the guys in Rapid Strike are pretty good musicians. The playing is tight and sharp while guitarist Hrvoje Madiraca's solos are excellent. The production on God Take Me to Hell is modern and clean even though it favors the bottom end. The bass, which comes across like a jackhammer, and the drums are clearly audible. There is nothing particularly unique about Rapid Strike's take on the European flavor of Thrash. They occasionally stretch out with some near-blast beat drums while the solos lean towards the twin guitar style of the NWOBHM. Singer Ivan Kokan has a decent Thrash scream and while he sometimes loses the beat, that only gives the songs more 80s cred. His loose singing, in the vein early Venom, counters the tight playing of the rest of the band.
Overall, Rapid Strike follow the paths of 80s Thrash without sounding too much like anyone else, no small feat, especially for a new band. God Take Me to Hell is good start for Rapid Strike.
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