Note: Since there was an inactivity for almost a year now I decided to quit running this website. I won't take it down but there won't be any new stuff uploaded. Most likely at some point I will restart the website thing, but this site probably will stay inactive. (12/2013)
In the 'Reviews'-rubric you'll read some words of myself about some records that I feel should be recommended, criticised, praised or whatever. I don't really care if I own the records I review physically but I actually do own most of them. You won't see much negative about any record on here at all 'cause I am a thrash fanatic and am happy with almost everything sounding alright, being obscure or having a badass cover artwork. And after all it's my own opinion and I definitely don't want to offend anyone with the words written here.
SOLSTICE - Solstice (1992)
In 1992 this Miami-based band brought out a massive blend of death/thrash metal that really could cope with bigger brothers Devastation, Morbid Saint or Demolition Hammer, where two members of Solstice came from. Merciless from the first to the last minute, played on unbelievable speeds and with perfect precision, they surely know what they are doing. The drummer could be compared to Gene Hoglan, making the listener believe he has an extra lung and about five hands. The riffs here are also something of the best the thrash/death genre has to offer and especially for 1992 it was a very last breath of fresh air in the countless copies of the 80's coming up in the early nineties, some having their five minutes of fame just to vanish again in 1993. Solstice then reformed in 1995 though and brought out their second full length Pray in the same year, I don't know whether it was acclaimed or totally unnoticed due to the extinct state of the thrash genre in the mid 90s, I think latter was right because they split up again shortly after the release of Pray just to have their glory comeback in 2006. (written October '12)
APOCALYPSE - Faithless (1993)
Don't judge a book by it's cover, I learned it several times. Obnoxious by Acid Reign for example has to be the most ridiculous and worse album cover ever and also Faithless appeared pretty dull and weird to me but as I gave it a first listen I was blown away, but that was a few years ago and since then I loved the two records of the swiss thrasher. Back in the days they used to tour with Metallica a lot. The music on this record is pretty fast forward speed/thrash with interesting little experiments and things to laugh at just like the 'Roadrunner'-theme in Reason To Live and there is pretty much not a track that I don't like. The sound on this is pretty raw and hard, different to their first self-titled that came out in 1988. Unofrtunately practically none of the fans did recognize the very late dropped Faithless in '93 and so they disbanded shortly after the release. It was released on the collectable Much Music Productions label (MMP) along with Caustic's Malicious, one of the rarest records in the whole scene. If you should have the possibility to get one of these don't miss it! (written November '11)
PYRACANDA - Two Sides Of A Coin (1990)
Here is another band from the small german label 'No Remorse'. Like all other releases from this label this album is pretty hard to get. First of all I have to say that I have no idea what's the meaning of the title nor what it has to do with the album-cover. But I think I like the music a lot. I listen to this from time to time and it doesn't get boring. The quality is very harsh which gives the album a heave sound and the drums sound very brutal. I also like the vocals very much. It is a shame that this band didn't had the success it deserves in the 90ies. They can get along with Protector or Accuser without any problems. After they put out their first record on No Remorse, they released 'Thorns' on Aaarg Records in '92, showing potential by experimenting a lot. Both records are very hard to get nowadays so get your hands on one of these copies if you should find it anywhere. (written June '10)