Bonded By Blood
has been a major band in a new wave of recent thrash metal for a while now. This exciting band was started in inspiration of Exodus
and the name is even derived from an Exodus
release. However, Bonded By Blood
have proven they aren't just some 2-bit Exodus
tribute band. Sure, there are obviously huge influences from the elite thrash monster, but Bonded By Blood
still manage to effortlessly create a unique sound and style of their own, all while retaining a throwback resemblance factor to Exodus
and giving it a fresh, optimistic face that looks brightly toward the future.
, the band's third album, is by far the band's most magnificent yet. New vocalist Mauro Gonzales proves he's the perfect man to step in and complete the band after the exit of Barrales. His choice vocal styles compliment the band's fast, heavy sound in a magnificent way. The Aftermath
is also perhaps the band's most focused album so far. They're done spending the time proving themselves to the world in thrash metal trenches, and now they're excessively free to analyze every note to the point of perfection.
Songs from this album would fit neatly into a playlist featuring tons of classic thrash giants from the 80's, a pleasant idea for experienced metal geeks, but this is also the kind of record that can appeal to a younger audience. The Aftermath
has an incredible trait of sounding modern and yet so fitting with aged hit albums of the genre. I can't help but think that Bonded By Blood
could be the band to introduce a whole new generation to thrash metal.
They combine everything we love about thrash in a fluid manner. Huge, guitar hooks join with fiery riffs, and speedy beats that create a sound that just forces you into a headbanging trance. But it's when you step back to wonder why you started headbanging in the first place that's really mesmerizing. Everything about the release seems to be in flawless harmony and order, while creating an energy that rivals those belonging to kings of the genre. This is simply an undeniably fun thrash album. Even the cover of Killing in the Name by Rage Against The Machine
, is surprisingly respectable, and enjoyable.
The idea of thrash being dead just isn't graspable in light of bands like Bonded By Blood
. The Aftermath
is an album that should likely please all metalheads looking for bands with talent to match the sounds of their heroes, and yet excite newer, younger listeners. This band is definitely going places, and I can't wait for a fourth record. In conclusion, thrash is certainly alive and well.