Brain contains all the best parts of this thrash revival; the speed, the catchy riffing, the humour and the classic lyrical content of war, politics, beer, zombies and of course, being a thrasher! Almost all of the tracks are under three minutes; you blast in, get riffed out of your brain and battered by awesome soloing then spat out, smile on your face and a desire for more. It's party metal plain and simple, they clearly don't take themselves too seriously and I think that is key to the album's appeal. As much as I love the power of more progressive and serious thrash (...And Justice
for All still stands tall as the pinnacle of thrash for me), there is always room for less serious bands in any genre (see Darkthrone
in black metal and Cannabis Corpse
in death metal).
Musically the band are tight, whipping speed metal riffs and hyperactive leads and coupling them with vocalist Philly Byrne's mix of power metal scream and classic thrash bark. Mixed with a crisp production, all the instrumentation sound great. The songs are punctuated by some great gang chant moments that add to the memorable hooks that get lodged in your brain for days. The robot vocals in 'Return
to the Technodrome' sounds totally 80s, and the emphasis in 'Thrashoholic' on excessive consumption of alcohol helps you understand the general influences on this band; beer, 80s and thrash. There is also the key track on these new wave of thrash album; the song dedicated to the power of thrash. Gama Bomb
manage to fit in 'Bullet
Belt', an ode to the classic 1986 era of thrash, and how they're bringing it back. Well they may not match up with the quality of the material of '86 (Master
of Puppets, Reign
), they certainly retain the energy levels and enthusaism.
In regards to their peers, they don't quite have quite the level of energy of Municipal Waste
or the technicality of Evile
, but they offer up a great mix of humour and quality riffing, melodic solos and perfect lyrical content. It is never going to be considered the most intelligent of albums, but with lyrical content about zombies, thrashing and the Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles' Technodrome, what do you expect? Also, a song about Streets
with a Tetris theme-aping solo? It's almost too ridiculous to believe, but check out 'Final Fight
' and wonder if it could be your new favourite daft metal song! Enjoyably dumb, headbangingly awesome.