|Review: Riverge - Back'th'rash|
Label: Rock Stakk Records
Year released: 2013
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: July 4, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
Let Thrash be old school or no school at all, eh? Well, Japanese thrashers Riverge undoubtedly love to thrash and preferably the old-school way, to be accurate. It's quite unbelievable when you realize Riverge formed way back in 1985. They released a couple of cassette demos and appeared on a few compilations then went dark for 20 years until their first proper album was released in 2009 (Rebirth of Skull).
Another full-length and a split brings up to their most recent release, 2013's 7-track EP titled Back'th'rash. As I said earlier, expect no less than old-school Thrash Metal with a true vintage spirit and attitude. Riverge's stuff sounds like S.O.D. meets Slayer. Their Thrash comes across fast and furious, a crisp, heavy, violent attack and, best of it all, it also sounds amazingly well done. Riverge's vocalist Shoji Nakamura has a vocal tone that is similar to Tom Araya in his later years (no high-pitched screams or anything like that).
If anything, Riverge thrash their hearts out on this 7-song outing. Besides, you cannot lose with some old-school Thrash Metal madness, can you?
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