ANACRUSIS – Suffering Hour

by Kinger

Band promo 1987

Band promo 1987

When ANACRUSIS sent us their Annihilation Complete demo last year, I knew good things were just around the corner. But, before I had the chance to praise their stunning songs in the glorious pages of Demolish ‘zine, I was sent yet another tape in the mail – only this time, it was actually a pre-release of their début album entitled Suffering Hour.

AXIS Records was the smart label that spotted their [undeniable] potential and did a great job by picking these guys. The demo was good, but I have to say that they sprung onto vinyl with new life and surprised me one more time!

This quartet from the Midwest (St. Louis) have a quite versatile + unique metal sound that shines on tracks such as: Imprisoned, Twisted Cross and a slightly more melodic approach on Fighting Evil and A World to Gain. The thrashin’ tracks like R.O.T., Frigid Bitch and Annihilation Complete/Disemboweled however, kinda’ cut their sound in the originality department a bit (with detectable sounds of Metallica, Slayer and Metal Church creeping in). I can tell they are hinting at something great overall, but due to a limited budget and time in the studio some of the tracks are not as realized as they could be.

Don’t get me wrong, they fuel-the-fire with plenty of their ‘own wood’ so-to-speak, on Butchers Block – which is my favorite track of the bunch because of it’s marching, rhythmic/anthem-like grinding! One might even hear a dash of TROUBLE in the midst of all the heavy riffing.

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INTRINSIC- Intrinsic (Vinyl Analysis)

Intrinsic -Intrinsic

(No Wimp/Important)

 1. Ahead Of The Game
2. Hit The Streets
3. Compo
4. RIP
5. Possessor
6. No Return
7. Leaving Insane
8. Wasted Life

This is hard-hitting Power/Speed metal, with a definite musical direction that exudes both intelligence and imagination. Deriving a sound that comes from a diverse collection of influences, INTRINSIC’s fate seems well in hand.

Let by the double axe attack of Mike Mellinger and Ron Crawford, the band roars through an accumulation of metal rage. “Possessor” drills the cranium with unrelenting force and laborious guitar work highlights this heavy weight.

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Old School Metal Review: DEATH – Leprosy (1988)

by Curt “Crusher” King

Man, I’ll tell ya’, I sure didn’t expect this band to quit playing hardcore Speed/Thrash Metal and wimp out, but I have the evidence right in my hands! I mean, they are one of the “Gods” of Death Metal for sure, but this stuff is completely shocking!

Well now, does that REALLY sound like a thing that a band called DEATH would do? You don’t think that I would stretch the truth a little do ya’? Ha – not I said the liar!

OK, DEATH fans, wipe that disgusted look off your face because everything I just said is true, except for the fact that they “wimped-out” (besides, you’ve probably already heard this by now as I created this when I received their advance tape -ed). Sorry, I didn’t mean to give you a heart attack folks but I did want to make you a bit angry so that you could prepare yourself for this devastating slab of gore! It doesn’t really matter how much anger you can muster up while listening though because DEATH will out-do you with intensity every time.

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ANTHRAX – State of Euphoria (Vinyl Analysis) 1988

by Steve Fulton

The clowns of Thrash are back. Back with their jams, back with skateboards, and yes —back with more of the top-notch, punchy Thrash that has earned them their place among the élite of Metal bands. It’s relieving to know that after receiving major attention from their last release I’m the Man (EP) (featuring their Rap single “I’m the Man”), that selling out to the commercial world of Metal is far from the minds of Anthrax.

State of Euphoria (1988 Megaforce/Island Records) features moshing tunes like “Finale” (pronounced ‘finally’), “Be All End All” and even a killer cover of Trust’s “Antisocial”. It also seems Anthrax is taking their lyrics in a more political direction. They take their turn at running down television evangelism in “Make me Laugh” (with lyrics like “Jesus saves, but only after I’ve been paid”), and then protest the human tendency of prejudices in “Schism” (stating “A house divided can’t stand/Prejudice is an un-natural thought”).

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DRIVE: Characters of Time LP

by Mike Cervantes

Released in 1988

1988 is proving to be a year where more emphasis is being placed on high quality Metal. It appears the Metal population are becoming connoisseurs of bands that have honest-to-goodness talent and unrelenting “drive”. Which brings us to the case in point…

Drive originates from Houston, Texas. Fronted by Rick Chavez (guitar/vocals) and (long-time mate + bassist) Michael Anthony Guerrero. They began as a group called Pegasus. Mainly playing classical rock and citing such influences as Clapton, Blackmore and Hendrix, Pegasus toured the small club circuit, gaining a following of loyal fans. Then citing newer influences such as Queensryche, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, the band changed musical directions and adopted the name Drive.

Combining their classical blues rock influences and what they describe as “high tech stuff”, Drive formulates a sound that drives screeching down cranium lane! This finely tuned machine roars with power and precision. Too heavy to be Rock and too refined to be Thrash, Drive offers a lethal dose of melodic yet powerful metal.

Led by the twin axe attack of Rick Chavez and Mercy Valdez, the fantastic vocals of David Taylor (R.I.P), the pounding fury of bassist Michael Guerrero, and the hyperactive drumming of Valentine San Miguel, Drive blazes a path of Metal destruction.

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