BATTERY “Armed With Rage” /CD/



The debut full-length album by Danish Thrash Metal band.
Battery making waves since their 2012 "Mental Pollution" EP. The band was formed in 2008 by drummer Andreas Joen and vocalist/guitarist Chris Steel after their previous outfit, Abattoir, disbanded. Since then they’ve released a trio of demos, the aforementioned EP, and now this, their first full-length album featuring ten solid Thrash metal tunes.
This is very much American-styled Thrash with a slight Crossover tinge, mainly in the manic vocal preaching of Steel who has a strained yet effective style. Musically it’s solid, often beefy and well-produced Thrash Metal with the usual influences ranging from San Francisco Bay Area crunch, a sprig of Slayer, Dark Angel et al and even the more Deathly influence of Possessed – again in Steel’s vocals.
While this 11-track opus rattles by, there are nonetheless some catchy numbers which stick in the head, the best examples being the paced ‘Pyramids Of Decept’, with its strong, yet smooth bass-lines, and the simmering menace of ‘Vermin Of Fukushima’, which begins as a Slayer-like dirge.
Far from being the world’s most groundbreaking thrash album however, "Armed With Rage" is still a furious cauldron stirred by those frenzied guitars and rumbling drums which Joen can be commended for.
Whether this platter has enough legs to carry it beyond the hordes of other Thrash bands piling onto the horizon we’ll just have to wait and see, but "Armed With Rage" boasts some very good numbers which should provide 40 minutes of assault and battery to the senses!!
Punishment 18 Records, 2014 (P18R 073). Made in Italy. First press.


Tracklist:
1. Narcotic Mirage 5:35
2. Armed With Rage 3:19
3. Indirect Oppression 3:06
4. Halo Of Hypocrisy 3:41
5. Hostile By Content 3:50
6. Vermin Of Fukushima 5:27
7. Pyramids Of Decept 2:57
8. Sense Eclipsed 3:26
9. Zombestial Incantation 2:36
10. Genocidal Gatlin Gunners 4:02
Total playing time: 37:59


Samples: http://www.last.fm

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