|Review: Raging Death - Raging Death|
Label: Punishment 18 Records
Year released: 2015
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: March 2, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Polish trio Raging Death has been making some retro-ish Speed and Thrash Metal noise since 2010, when the band was formed. Their two demos, Killing Feast (2011) and Pestilent Waste (2012), soon put them on the map of Polish underground Metal scene – and within no time Italian label Punishment 18 Records decided to snap them under their caring wings.
Raging Death's self-titled eight-song album, containing six rerecorded old demo songs and two new songs represents the 80s era of Thrash Metal the best it possibly can, though coming without any surprise factor whatsoever. No doubt, they do know how to thrash, and how to sound intense and aggressive – and even doing a pretty good job at that. Both European as well as American types of Thrash Metal can be found throughout the band's songs. Musically, they sound quite raw and unpolished and even sloppy at times, trusting their sheer energy and enthusiasm to thrash their hearts out. Unfortunately the bass sound is nonexistent (sadly, only on the song "Raging Death" can you hear a proudly farting bass line at very the beginning, plus some of it on "Race of Races" too). The drums sound like tin cans and the guitar's sound seems to be taking too much of a role over the other instruments. The production could have been way better on this album, that's for sure.
In a way Raging Death represents this same retro Speed and Thrash Metal boom that has brought us bands like Evil Invaders from Belgium and Ranger from Finland, only with the exception that Raging Death still needs to work out a bit more, both with their songs and some production aspects, in order to achieve at least any sort of similar popularity and success. Raging Death, however, is on the right path toward better things. Given time, it's certain Raging Death will eventually come through all doors with guns furiously raging, giving a serious lesson in Speed and Thrash Metal. I do count on them – and you should also do so in the near future.
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