Saturday, April 27, 2013

Potential Threat SF-Civilization Under Threat

Old School Metal Records

There can't be that many surviving Bay Area thrash bands left from the eighties that weren't signed to majors right? And yet here we have this 5-piece bunch that, despite not signing to a record label until the release of 2009's "A New Threat Level", have been (seemingly) active since they formed back in 1986! With their first recording,  "Demo #1", coming out in 1988, this San Francisco, California act has managed to keep the Bay Area thrash spirit alive with "Civilization Under Threat" just their second full-length release! Sure, there has been a few demos in-between, but that has to say something for their dedication. The Metal Archives claims that they've opened for the likes of Testament, Slayer, Cro-Mags, Nuclear Assault and Death Angel since forming. I don't doubt that at all and I'd wager a buck or two that, given when they formed and where they hail from, they have probably shared the stage with a ton of equally impressive thrash metal artists. Potential Threat SF (with the "SF" added on later in what I would suspect to be an attempt to differentiate themselves from the excellent female-fronted UK hardcore/punk band of the same name) are probably not going to set the world on fire anytime soon with their own take on thrash, but that doesn't mean you can't just sit back and enjoy this one on it's own merits. The engineering and mastering was done by Juan Urteaga (Machine Head, Testament, Heathen) at Trident Studios and, at close to sixty minutes in length, there is a lot to appreciate here if you love old-school thrash. And make no mistake about it folks as this is thrash. No crossover and no death tinges. Just pure old-school thrash. If that's your thing then scoop this up. Otherwise the only things left to say is this: Does TT Quick have an issue with your logo guys?

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