Last but not least is another debut full-length, this time from New York's Celebrity Murders on Chainsaw Safety Records. "Time to Kill Space" drops about a half-hour of generally fast and raw hardcore (recorded 100% analog, by the way) that shifts from classic early-80's styled blasts of aggressive three-chord hardcore to noisier and more dissonant influences that wind around and lend a more contemporary edge to things – all the while with pissed vocals that pretty much never stray from straight up yelling. Occasionally they'll slow things down for brief moments, however (as in the impeccable "War on the Telephone"), and I'd actually kill to hear them venture off in that direction more often, because those quick snippets really grab my attention every time – heavy, but without sounding metal to me at all. Some of these jams could really be the sign of better things to come:
Celebrity Murders "War on the Telephone"
Celebrity Murders "Bad Credit"
Celebrity Murders "All Hail, Glacier!"
Once more, if you enjoy the music, make the purchase:
And on a totally unrelated note, it's ranting time… so, here it goes: Why the fuck is it that almost no thrash metal bands post-1995 seem to be able to grasp the concept that back in the day when thrash rightfully ruled the world, the bands' vocalists just shouted or yelled – maybe in key, maybe not? They didn't try to do this snarling, pseudo death metal bullshit or force an overly extreme edge of acerbity into their vocals, they just did what came naturally and fit the music. And it worked! It fucking worked! So why is it that there are almost no contemporary bands that draw upon those classic thrash musical influences who follow suit with the vocals? Yes, yes, I know there are some bands out there, a select few, who know how to pull it off properly (thank you kindly, Avenger of Blood), but sadly these are not the bands who are getting much press and attention. What brings this on, you ask? Well, I hate to single anyone out, but I keep seeing ads and reviews for this Demericious band all over the place that basically refer to them as fast thrash that sounds a lot like earlier Slayer. Well, Metal Blade happened to send me a three-song sampler CD so I was curious to check it out, and what did I find? Great music that really does stay pretty close in line with the late-80's/early-90's sound of American thrash… but terrible vocals that just sound completely generic and forced in terms of matching those modern, post-Swedish invasion sneers. Seriously, when the first track kicked off I was psyched, I was already gearing up to make the buy. I fucking love thrash metal and any band who can still capture that sound today gets major props from my end, but son of a bitch, as soon as those vocals kicked in I was totally heartbroken… stunned once again by a band that can't follow through. Oh well, what can you do? They were so damn close…
Oh, and Early Man is fucking overrated. I tend to be unfairly biased against the hipster duo frenzy as it is, but god damnit, man, I don't buy their bio one bit, and even if it were to be true, it's the same deal: Pretty damn solid music, but someone should smack the vocalist and tell him to keep his half-assed Ozzy karaoke howls to himself and just stick to the riffs. Maybe if they got a bassist who could also actually deliver the goods vocally they'd be a truly good (if not "ironic") band. Although, somehow riding the wave of the whole two-man band trend has served them very well. Where is justice? Where…?