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Review: Repent - Vortex of Violence
Vortex of Violence

Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 41:38
Tracks: 12
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: June 17, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)

German thrashers Repent were formed way back in 1992, and ever since they have been trying to thrash their hearts out in the name of old school Thrash Metal no matter if it was "out of fashion" when grunge and Death Metal tried to kill it. Vortex of Violence is Repent's third album and breaks an 8-year recording silence. Repent have managed to keep their heads above water and keep the band going, despite struggling with some line-up changes. Only guitarist Philip Rath is left from the band's previous album, 2004's Disciple of Decline.

Vortex of Violence is Repent's hardest and most violent opus thus far. This is straightforward, heavy and hostile US-style Thrash Metal, mostly in the vein of Slayer, early Metallica and Exodus. Aggressive riffs and raw, pissed off vocals take the leading roles within the songs. Musically, they fly the flag for all things old school, which I personally like very much. There is nothing wrong with recycling some familiar things over and over again. Repent have clearly used Vortex of Violence to deliver the message that Thrash Metal isn't dead - actually far from it.

If you are a fan of 80s Thrash Metal, it's very likely that you'll enjoy Vortex of Violence. It is old school Thash Metal and nothing but old school Thrash Metal.

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