|Review: ThermiT - Encephalopathy|
Year released: 2013
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: July 3, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.7/5 (74%) (10 Votes)
Poland's ThermiT makes no bones about the influence mid-80s Thrash Metal has had upon their music. And no influence is more apparent than Metallica's Master of Puppets, so if that album isn't exactly the wind beneath your wings, you should probably stop reading now.
On the 2013 EP Encephalopathy, ThermiT deals out six songs of pure Metallica riffing, sometimes at Reign in Blood speed and with Chris Boltendahl-meets-Tom Kiefer gravelly vocals. Everything on this EP is derivative but it's a case of the band's energy and enthusiasm compensating for a lot of the repetition. Tracks like "Zombie Lover" and "Second" are faceless Thrash tunes that will still have you scanning for the nearest air guitar. "Holy Bomb" takes on a little of the socio-political subject matter that your S.O.D.s and Nuclear Assaults covered. The cherry on the top of this revivalist sundae is the 10-minute "Thermitallica" (clever title) which is a pretty damn faithful montage of songs like "Damage, Inc.," "Battery" and "Leper Messiah" with some ...And Justice for All thrown in.
Yeah, I've heard this all before, some of it literally, but I still enjoyed the abandon with which ThermiT attacked their songs, even if they weren't that original or particularly well-played. The band also has a new single, "Night Rider," due out soon that sounds like ThermiT has taken a step forward in both songwriting and performance. Don't get Encephalopathy if you are looking for new or spectacular, but if you want fun, bang-your-head Thrash, it will fit the bill.
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