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Review: Wildhunt - Descending

Label: Metal on Metal Records
Year released: 2016
Duration: 59:14
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: June 4, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (15 Votes)

This trio named Wildhunt was founded in the depths of a Carinthian cellar, Austria (currently located in Vienna), in 2011 and they play the classic style of 80's Thrash Metal, which is like a mix of early Paradox and Angel Dust, the Kill 'Em All / Ride the Lightning-era Metallica and German thrashers Deathrow. Yes, they don't even bother to hide their influences and inspirations and let their instruments sing beautifully in the name of those jolly good heyday times of 80s Thrash Metal. Instead of delivering their goods as sliced two to three-minute songs, the average length of the songs is nearly six minutes, so, in other words, they have concentrated on playing pretty epic-sounding Thrash Metal, which is cool in my book. Guitarist and vocalist Wulfgar (a.k.a. Wolfgang Elwitschger) seems to be a true riff machine; those attacking, meaty and chunky riffs are everywhere on this debut album, never leaving you alone but coming for your neck constantly, which I also find very cool, being a fan of big, crunchy and meaty riffs.

Descending is a surprisingly tightly played package of top-notch Thrash Metal with a technical enough edge. There's lots going on within their relentless and wild Thrash Metal, and it never gets boring with them shooting in every possible direction at the very same time (expect no random shooting, but very precise, target-orientated chord shooting instead). The guys in Wildhunt are obviously all relatively young – and not even born when some of the most classic Speed/Thrash Metal albums were released back in the late 80s, but they do know their stuff. They are able to thrash through our hearts with true conviction, truly reminding all of us of some of those trendsetting Speed/Thrash Metal albums that all paved the way for new Metal generations to come. Wildhunt is an obvious product of quality in today's Thrash Metal, and there's not much else left for me but to recommend them to everyone who has any interest in 80s-inspired Thrash Metal. Great album from this Austrian trio.

Other related information on the site
Interview with vocalist and guitarist Wolfgang Elwitschger and drummer Lukas Roth on July 30, 2016 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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