Heavy Artillery Records
File this one under kick ass. Formed in 2008 this Portland, Oregon band blend the sounds of early 80's death metal with early 80's thrash to create something that sounds fresh and frightening. Following a 2009 demo and 2010 EP the group hit the studio in December of 2010 to record this their full length debut. What a debut it is to! The easiest way to describe this one would be a heavier and faster Kreator as seen through the eyes of early Possessed/Death. Throw in some Destruction for good measure and you have a band that is heavy as hell and twice as wicked. 2011 looks to be a good year for thrash thanks to Excruciator. This one hit me by surprise and quite frankly made my day. Who says retro-thrash all has to sound alike?