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Thrash Metal - Blood Tsunami
Advantages: Essentially a melodic death metal tribute to eighties thrash of the United States and Europe.
Disadvantages: Repetitive, unoriginal and not even that talented.
To arrogantly name your album 'Thrash Metal' twenty years after the genre's heyday is never going to win an up-and-coming band a lot of friends in the metal community, and Blood Tsunami's recent debut is far removed from a thrash classic, or even a particularly enjoyable tribute. For a start, just like Venom's 'Black Metal' which predated that other genre, it doesn't even sound like authentic thrash, mixing elements of eighties American and European thrash (Slayer and Kreator in particular) into a foundation that's most reminiscent of modern melodic death metal, without the good bits.
This Norwegian band doesn't bring anything new to the music scene, even by combining these influences - which many superior death metal bands have already done to substantially greater effect. Most songs turn into a guessing game of spot-the-influence, from the Slayer riffs in 'Evil Unleashed' to the very Testament-like 'Devoured By Flames' and even the Manowar-inspired cover art. Pete Evil's rasping vocals lack any distinctive flair and become tedious as he fails to change his tone even when the music demands it, while Dor Amazon's guitar and Faust's drums are essentially typical thrash, with an emphasis on breakdowns rather than more creative riffs. The only real song to grab my attention was the ten-minute instrumental 'Godbeater,' but it lost it very, very soon.
1. Evil Unleashed
2. Let Blood Rain
3. Rampage of Revenge
4. Infernal Final Carnage
5. Devoured By Flames
6. Torn Apart
8. Killing Spree
Summary: Blood Tsunami's first album (2007).