Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Exciter-Death Machine



Exciter were one the first bands to really get the thrash scene rolling and one of the first thrash bands I got into. This album was originally released in 2010. It's the most recent effort from Exciter now it gets a North American release. This is the second release with this band line-up. They reach back to the formula that dominated most of their classic releases of the 1980's. They throw out a bunch straight froward thrashers like "Dungeon Descendants", "Razor in your back" and "Hellfire" that will remind you some extent of the kind of songs that they did so well years ago. However they are not totally limited to one speed as "Power and domination" and "Demented Prisoner" show what they can do with a slower pace. With all the young bands trying to recreate old thrash it's refreshing to see a veteran act (although with just one member from the classic line-up) do the style right. The good news is they old nothing back because most of it just raw thrash complete with rough production values that actually work very well with the music. Most of this album sounds it could have been in the mid to late 1980's. The down side is you have heard this style before and while good it doesn't do a whole lot new and it's probably not an album you will be reaching for every day. Still it has enough explosive songs to keep the interest of an old school thrash band. Obviously this line-up can still crank it out and hopefully they unleash another album at some point in the near future.

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Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Nor will they be able to sell to the mass market with that cover, but then, Exciter is a niche band anyway. Glad they're still crushing it out, though.

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