Artist: The Day Of The Beast
Album Title: s/t
Label: Canonical Hours
This is the first full-length album from The Day Of The Beast, an American band playing black/thrash metal.
The high, ripping guitars and out-of-control snarled vocals here are the perfect medium for a thrash album, but the bass is surprisingly audible as well. The drums sound a bit thin, though; I think the whole thing could have used just a little more low-end.
This is a nice, solid slab of Satanic thrash metal -- nothing groundbreaking, but the songs are ripping-fast and catchy, and call to mind everything from classic German thrash to crunch-laden death metal. The vocals are especially noteworthy, delivered with plenty of venom and ferocity. To me, they seem squarely in the tradition of Kreator, but the vocal delivery reminds me of the Canadian Slaughter now and again, also!
I like the many changes in speed and pitch; many of these songs aren't quite full-speed ahead, which just makes it all the more powerful when they are! In general, I was impressed by the quality and variety of the songwriting here. These songs seem short and to-the-point, but there's a lot going on as well, from bass solos to clever tempo changes and breaks.
If you need a break from the usual one-note thrash bands, you can't go wrong with this one -- it's just the antidote you need. Recommended.
Standout tracks: "Harvest of the Heretic", "He Who Shuns The Light", "Crawling Chaos"