Review by Rick Ossian
This is Bloodthirst’s 4th LP for the folks at Pagan Records, and it is a mini-album of 5 brand new tracks. They are proudly self-pigeonholed as “Hateful Antichristian Thrash”, which should really please all the parental units out there! Their recording/touring personnel are Rambo on guitars and vocals, Gregor on guitar and vocals, Rybosh on bass and Mnt on drums. They hail from The Goat City of Poznan in Poland. They got rolling about 1999 or so, and have been recording and touring ever since. Normally I don’t go in for this sort of thing, but I made an exception here because I liked what I heard. True, there are some problems with the vocals; I prefer mainly clean vocals, and can endure some screaming and shouting, but I tend to shy away from the vocals of the ‘Cookie Monster‘ variety. Most of you regular readers will no doubt know this by now. I do not apologize for this. Normally, I embrace change. That’s what I am doing today. These guys are actually pretty good. I am glad that I gave them a listen.
First up is The Viper’s Nest. This is a riff-fest, for the most part. There is some really nice pounding at the beginning, then SLAM! The next thing you know, speed metal is kicking your arse. Just before the one-minute mark, the vocals come in, and the boys switch riffs in mid-slam. The vocals may be partially indiscernible, but they are powerful. Just tough as nails. At the two-minute mark, there is another shift. Sort of a guitar-slam, breakdown, if you will. Then they go back to the main riff. This is guttural at best, but it still commands a bit of respect.
The Reign of the Antichrist is more speedy, in-your-face instrumentation, plenty of wicked riffs, and the mix is much better than you might expect. At 1:25, there is a full stop, then a shift to evil, big fat chords. At 1:55 there is a neat lead guitar solo, plenty of speedy shred. I’m wondering if maybe they just slowed down a bit…nah! These boys are hell-bent on the finish line, and they can rest when they get there!
The Masterpiece of Lie is a six-minute monster. There are some excellent opening riffs, and the main riff is a sweet one. This is bluesy black metal, if you will. The production values are good enough to where you can hear everything, which is refreshing because usually thrashy stuff doesn’t really do that. There are lots of slamming guitars here, and you may as well throw your speedometer in the thrash – this one is about triple-time at its SLOWEST. This is heavy fucking duty stuff, forceful and powerful, especially at the close. The shift at four minutes in is noteworthy as well.
No God Shall Stand Before Pope is another riff-fest. The guitar solo at 1:45 is super speedy shred. Good stuff.
Sacco di Roma (Sacking of Rome) is another track that features more heavy slamming. This is a no-holds-barred tune, with plenty of riffing, shifting, slamming, playing, and the vocals may be guttural but at least they are partially discernible. The boys are, again, hell-bent on finishing, it seems. But no matter. There is a nice fadeout loaded with feedback at the end, too!