Thrash Archive

Unspeakable Axe Records Feature

As a sub-label of Dark Descent, Unspeakable Axe Records has made their debut with two releases sure to leave an imprint on the underground metal community. First up is Austin, TX’s Birth A.D. with their debut ‘I Blame You’, a collection of 18 fast and furious thrash masterpieces from the hey-day of 1980’s crossover. Totally [&hellip

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R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman

I never claimed to be the biggest Slayer fan. Do I have all their records and CDs? Yeah, I do. Did I just buy a big silk Slayer flag to hang in my studio a few weeks ago? Yeah, I did. Did I spend countless years of my youth, drinking heavy and driving fast, blasting [&hellip

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Deathstorm – As Death Awakes (I Hate Records)

As Death Awakes is deceptive album, but in that I mean that I honestly swore this was a classic Teutonic thrash band as it certainly has the belted out raspy vocals and break neck speeds with the abrasive distorted treble buzz that just borderlines on a bit of black thrash but Deathstorm are actually a [&hellip

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Deceptor – Chains of Delusion (Shadow Kingdom Records)

Prog, power, epic, NWOBHM, thrash is about as close to an appropriate technical description as anyone could come up with to describe this U.K. based band that sounds and feels as if it’s still 1982 – 1983 without gimmick.  Just getting the clean production and incredible bass tones of the punchy opening of “To Know [&hellip

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Tenderizor

Tell us of your debut full length, ‘Touch the Sword’! I was impressed by the crushing sounds and the blood red vinyl! When, where and why did Tenderizor form? Give us a history of the band, if you will. RAVEN CHACON: Tenderizor started as a long-time collaboration between myself and the Day Brothers, Mike and [&hellip

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HPGD Productions Feature

Claws / Grave Wax Pestilent Formation Full of pain and despair, ‘Pestilent Formation’ is nothing short of devastating death metal, pure and simple. Finnish one-man murderer Lasse Pyykkö (Phlegethon, Hooded Menace) delivers a fine performance on ‘Reaching for the Rotten’ with thundering drum assaults and guitars that cut like a knife. Echoing through haunted tombs, the [&hellip

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Hirax

HIRAX has a long and winding road behind them, starting in 1984. What do you remember most about the metal scene back in the 1980s? What would you say most influenced the sound of HIRAX back then? In the 1980s, when HIRAX first started out, it was a wild frontier of thrash metal. Basically, we [&hellip

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Silencer – The Great Bear

Colorado’s Silencer bring a mix of aggressive thrash and epic hard rock to the table on ‘The Great Bear’, the band’s third full-length album. Clean production and tight musicianship make for a solid release from start to finish, giving just enough of each genre to stay interesting throughout. After the obligatory intro track, ‘The Great [&hellip

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Radiation Sickness – The Madness Begins (1987-1990)

“He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good And Evil Ok, class…as I’ve touched on a few times before, the late 80’s and early 90’s were pivotal [&hellip

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Abyss Records Feature (Part 1)

Welcome to the first installment of my two-part feature involving the latest, deadliest offerings from Abyss Records. Founded by Dan Ferguson in 2008, the label has since stretched its bloodied talons around the globe, always in search of the hardest-hitting outfits from various areas of extreme music. First up, are Norwegian black metal devastators, Fester. [&hellip

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