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Review: Wyruz - Judge and Jury
Judge and Jury

Label: Battlegod Productions
Year released: 2016
Duration: 51:58
Tracks: 13
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: March 12, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Judge and Jury

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

Wyruz is a four-piece Thrash/Death Metal act hailing from Hamar, Norway, and Judge and Jury is the title of their second studio album – and what an amazing piece of work it is. Complex, addictive and diverse sounding are probably just three adjectives that come to mind when spinning this disc, supplemented with the band's hard and hitting, kind of modern Thrash/Death Metal assaults. In a way, Wyruz reminds me of the same ambitiousness and perfection, in terms of song compositions, that the defunct (I guess) progressive Swedish thrashers Pathos did on their excellent third album, Katharsis, in 2002. Wyruz have clearly the same magical, magnetic potential in their sound for blessing us all with a very solid beast of an album that reeks of all kinds of things amazing and just lovable. The album is full of great riffs (some of them reminding me of Liiva-era's Arch Enemy at times, while at some other times even Deicide's Legion era, just like the riffing in the last track, "Scars"), unconventional tempos and┬áspot-on solos, all wrapped around the guys' outstanding musicianship. Vegar Larsen's vocals are hostile and very aggressive, as they should be, supporting the band's hard-boiling mixture of technical Thrash/Death Metal just perfectly. Trying to pick up some standout tracks out of these 13 songs is just about impossible as there are no fillers on this fine opus.┬áThe production is delightfully clean, heavy and crispy.

If you are a sucker for progressive and technical Thrash/Death Metal with a strong and heavy production, this is something for you to check out.

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