“ Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Guillotine / Audio CD released 2008-11-03 at Pulverised „
Scandanavia and UK are two of the countries putting out quite a lot of thrash bands at the moment in what's known as the ressurection of thrash metal.
Guillotine have actually been around for quite a while (releasing an apparently poor debut album 10 years earlier), I'd never heard of them but an appealing cover of caricatures of smiling politicians (the album is after all called Blood Money) proved too much. There are very few album covers made by Ed Repka which don't go on to be top bits of music and it's a pretty good way of judging an album before listening to it!
A lot of the ressurection bands have poor lyrics and a lack of balls when it comes to the lyrics, it's not the case with Guillotine. Fredrik Manberg's voice is gruff and powerful, sounding a little like Tom Araya (Slayer) at times and he carries the words he sings, which also often tend to be quite good.
Speed and aggression dominates the music style but occasionally you do get a sludgier heavier riff like the intro to "Our Darkest Day" until it rather expectedly flies off into an unstoppable pace, it's not as tuneful or as clearly produced as US thrash, it has more similarities with German thrash and Kreator seem to be an obvious influence.
With time I can see me really getting to like this album and with more airplay it could have been one of the most popular metal albums of yesteryear.