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Review: Massacra - Enjoy the Violence
Enjoy the Violence

Label: Century Media
Year released: 2014
Originally released in: 1991
Duration: 57:42
Tracks: 15
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 4/5

Review online: December 30, 2016
Reviewed by: Edward T. Head
Readers Rating
Enjoy the Violence

Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (12 Votes)

France is certainly not the first country to come to mind when thinking about early 90s Death/Thrash metal, but the lesser-known Massacra tried its damndest to add the land of baguettes to the earlier extreme Metal map with three ripping releases from 1990 to 1992. Those in the know typically point to the 1991 sophomore album, Enjoy the Violence, as the band's pinnacle, and there's no disagreement on this end.

Massacra peddled in heavily Thrash-influenced Death Metal, blurring genre lines like so many other bands of the time, but what the band lacked in originality was made up with sheer conviction and aggression. Massacra plied its trade with a purpose, and it can be felt on Enjoy the Violence. There's not necessarily much growth from the debut – they were released in back-to-back years, after all – but it's perhaps a bit tighter and a tad more memorable. Really, you can't go wrong with any of the first three Massacra releases, but Enjoy the Violence is where everything just seemed to come together in the best way possible.

Basically, if you find the earlier works of Morbid Angel, Dark Angel, Sepultura or Incubus (Opprobrium) appealing, then Enjoy the Violence should find a home in your collection.

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