Realm "Suiciety" CDPosted on Monday, April 18th, 2005 @ 12:10pm » permalink
Despite what many may choose to believe, thrash metal is, has been, and always will be my absolute favorite genre of music. And when it comes to the technical, progressive side of the genre, few gems have gone as overlooked throughout the years as Realm's sophomore effort, "Suiciety". In addition to boasting one of the best album titles ever, it's also a killer record that's chock full of flamboyant riffing, ridiculous leads, more than ample complexity, and the kind of generally over the top approach that has made so many of these albums stand the test of time – much like their contemporaries in the slightly better received Toxik (who I'll undoubtedly honor here at some point in the future). I don't know much about Realm, though. Their seemingly brief run yielded only two records ("Endless War" in '88, this one in '90 – both on the almighty Roadracer division of Roadrunner Records), but beyond that… who knows? I'm not even sure I care, because despite an oddball recording in which the bass is almost louder than the guitars (which is sort of cool since the bassist is a fucking madman), this is simply a classic record – far better than their debut, I don't care what anyone says. And that's all I need to know! "The Brainchild" is simply among the best progressive thrash metal songs ever. Period. And look at that classic logo, that obviously-this-is-thrash cover art… you simply can't go wrong. Sadly, both of Realm's CD's are way the fuck out of print, so you can't really find them for fair prices. I overpaid for both of 'em because I'm a nerd and once I set my sights on something, mine it shall be. Although, if you prefer vinyl, chances are you can scour eBay for cheaper copies of the LP's from time to time. Happy hunting.