Friday, January 25, 2013

Thrash Sells...But Who's Buying?

Tridroid Records

When you go and combine two of my favorite things, thrash metal and compilation albums, you will catch my attention every time. Tridroid Records is an independent metal distribution label based out of St. Paul, Minnesota that produces and distributes limited quantities of cassettes for bands "of all shades of metal". "Thrash Sells...But Who's Buying" is, first off, a cleaver title for a thrash metal compilation and, more importantly, a great collection of 15 up and coming thrash bands from around the world. This is Tridroid Records first attempt as a compilation release and, here's hoping/fingers crossed, it will only be the first of many as they sure know how to pick 'em! There's been more heavy metal, thrash and speed metal compilations released over the past 30 or so years then I can count. The cool thing about that is it gave many a great band (from Ratt to Slayer) a chance to gain further exposure and it also gave metal fans a chance to discover their new favorite act. Not to mention it also would give metalheads a chance to brag that "I heard them first before they got big". Of course the chances of all 15 of these bands becoming the next Metallica, Megadeth or Slayer is slim to none, but if your a thrash fanatic then this is a must-purchase. Given that this is a free download (at least as I type this) then there is nothing to lose. I should mention that there are a few bands on "Thrash Sells..." that sit on the edge of what might be considered "pure thrash", but the bulk of these bands play good old-fashioned thrash that seems to be custom made for moshing. After listening to this compilation I will say that there are some bands that I plan to keep an eye on in the near future. They are Warsenal, Demon Prayers, Pripjat, Stoneload, Climactic, KläsheR, and Warforger. The cool thing about these bands (and a few others I'm sure I'm forgetting to mention) is that while they are all "thrash" they are all different sounding and unique. Tridroid Records really has done a good job here of assembling a compilation of bands well deserving of exposure. This is a collection of bands from all over the world that might not otherwise get a chance like this. For example take the 3-piece speed/thrash band Warsenal. Even though they hail from Canada (which has given us everyone from Gorgots to Voivod!) it might as well be Mars as they seem to be almost completely unknown. Their contribution, "Hit 'n' Run", (which is taken from their 2012 demo) is some of the best thrash I've heard it a L-O-N-G time. Without this compilation though what are the chances that I'd ever have heard this song or the demo? Little I'd say. And yet here I am having just contacted the band to ask them about the demo for review purposes. That right there is the beauty of these kinds of compilations. I've provided the link below so it's up to you now. If you love thrash then click on that link. It's as simple as that.

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