Hell Bent – Hell Bent
Current and former members of Dropdead, Ulcer and Paindriver unleash some pretty furious crossover with Hell Bent‘s self-titled debut EP. Old school thrash, the aforementioned crossover and raging d-beat and powerviolence amalgamate into 14 minutes of relentless, high octane assaults. From the straightforward, hammering hardcore punk of “Yeast”, to the galloping and bludgeoning rhythms of “Scythian Horde”, this Rhode Island act wage a never-ending riff war across this short but sweet EP. Tracks like the dark and incendiary “Desert Death Lord” scream modern crossover at face value, but there is also a thread of bitter hardcore running through it that give it an angrier, more hellacious edge. Then there are moments such as “Bastard Curse of Abraham” in which the band begin with a steady, old school powerviolence crawl that gradually increases in speed before launching into full-on thrashing mayhem. All of this crossover merriment is spearheaded by vocalist Badger, who unleashes a variety of barks, shouts, growls and shrieks over everything, rather than relying on standard thrash vocal stylings. All in all, Hell Bent‘s debut is a solid one and will hopefully be the first of more to come.
Release Date: January 12, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Desert Death Lord”, “Condemned to Life” and “Scythian Horde”
For Fans Of: Dropdead, Municipal Waste, Infest and Ulcer
Revenger – The New Mythology Vol. 1
Vancouver’s Revenger possess a visceral, groove-heavy modern thrash style that makes their newest EP, The New Mythology Vol. 1, quite the engaging and pulverizing listen. Following 2014’s To the Wolves, The New Mythology Vol. 1 sees the Canadians drifting a bit deeper into more complex territory while retaining a sense of groove and accessibility. The band’s sound remains firmly rooted in thrash metal, but sidesteps most of the genre’s conventions with plenty of angular instrumentation, rapidly shifting rhythms and tinges of death metal. The result is five rampaging tracks that are simultaneously catchy and face-melting. Opening track “Hex” sets the scene with a surplus of galloping, deceptively technical riffs that often spiral into dizzying licks at a moment’s notice. Tracks such as the storming “Anti Life” keep the rage flowing with its volatile instrumentation that morphs from palm-muted, bulldozing grooves, to thrashing stampedes, to anthemic, melodeath-tinged climaxes. The EP’s closing track, “The Watcher”, brings together in a fiery conclusion with sludgy, death-addled crawls, menacing, lurching riffs and a plethora of piercing solos. The New Mythology Vol. 1 new EP is fast, intense and a bit unpredictable. Revenger is definitely an act to watch.
Release Date: February 17, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Anti Life” and “The Watcher”
For Fans Of: Revocation, Battlecross and Havok