Label: Empire Records (26) - ER016 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album Yellow vinyl • Country: Belgium • Genre: Rock • Style: Thrash
Thrash has deflowered many a metal virgin over the years, myself included. Already has thrown us back into the prominent rethrash movement, with big guns Havok, Warbringer and Power Blinded By Chauvinism - Distillator - Summoning The Malicious all ripping out solidly Public Image - Various - The Best Punk Album In The World.Ever! retro workouts.
Now we have another candidate ready to throw their High Tops into the retro worship ring, courtesy of time-warping Dutch thrashers Distillator and their sophomore album, Summoning the Malicious. Throughout the album Distillator teeter on the cusp of writing some strong thrash tunes but struggle to climb out of the middle tier of the over-populated rethrash scene.
Sound-wise, the guitar tone has a sharp, classic feel, the drums hammer away adequately, but the impressive bass could stand to be more punchy. The main issue with the production comes down to the crushed mastering job, which strips away any sort of decent sonic depth, ramming ear fatiguing loudness into your ear drums. Distillator tick all the retro thrash boxes and certainly manage to nail the aesthetics in cultivating an authentic throwback sound.
However, replicating the past is just one key component to rethrash success. Rating: 2. October September August July June May April March February January November Rating System 5. Tags 1.
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