As the year comes to a close I have been thinking back over the albums I have heard so far in 2012. One thing that stands out to me is the lack of really good thrash albums. Seriously, here it is November and I have only heard a few good ones in that style, but not that many and nothing truly great. One album comes close to redeeming the thrash genre comes from a rather unexpected source. Israel's Shredhead may not be terribly original as the influences from the likes of Slayer, Testament, Megadeth, Forbidden and others are rather obvious. However it's the presentation that sells this band. There is no hesitation as they flat out attack their material and come at you with all they have. This is full throttle thrash that's going to have you nodding head back and forth right away. It's not just about power and speed. A lot of younger bands get a good start on their songs and then a minute and half or so into it you realize they are just playing the same riffs over and over and they don't have the ideas it takes to carry off a four to five minute song. Not so with Shredhead, in fact as good as their songs are at the beginning it's the middle and end where they really come into their own. There is a misfire or two, but for the most part this is powerful thrash with some strong structured songs and enough change-ups and switches to keep it interesting. I highly recommend this album to fans of old style thrash.