Violator "Annihilation Process" CDPosted on Monday, November 1st, 2010 @ 7:05am » permalink
"Annihilation Process" is the latest EP from Brazilian thrashers Violator (on Kill Again Records), and they're still the best of the best when it comes to contemporary bands recapturing the true vibe of classic thrash metal. I was really into the whole thrash revival for a short time years back, but then I started getting tired of most of the new bands failing to hold my attention and generally lacking the overall atmosphere that I love about old school thrash, so I started focusing more on listening to actual 80's thrash instead. That being said, Violator still fucking rules. I don't know how the hell they do it (it must have something to do with how authentically dedicated and enthusiastic Brazilian metal fans are), but everything about their attitude and delivery is completely in line with the good old days: Excellent riffs that balance meaty midpaced breaks with ripping speeds, totally badass gang vocals, slick melodic solos, energetic songwriting, the works. I love it. Rather than meandering on and losing steam, every track is three to five minutes of well-focused intensity (including a cover of Executer's "You'll Come Back Before Dying"), and I really appreciate that they're not trying to achieve crisp, modern production values. But they're not going for the overly raw and in your face sound either, so the end result works out very well for their appropriately dated approach. Awesome cover art and perfect logo, too. I can't believe this band doesn't get more attention here in the US. Genuine 80's thrash bands have reunited and released new albums that are embarrassing compared to what Violator's doing. Seriously. Don't sleep on these dudes…
It looks like the label might only sell to Brazilian customers, but thankfully Hells Headbangers has the disc in stock for those of us in the US, etc. Pick one up immediately if you like what you hear (and you should)!