Sofisticator – Camping The Vein
‘Holiday’s In Hell’ is very heavy, it is very intentional from the start, it has the energy of EU thrash from the 80’s, when the band get heavier they collide with a few Kreator-ism’s (‘Thrash & Clean’) but musically it’s also very applicable to early Slayer material before ‘…the Abyss’, more from ‘South of Heaven’. Just when you thought I had pigeon-holed this band fairly or unfairly, Ha, more influences come out. I hear first release Overkill in ‘I wa’sborr’ to Rock ‘n’ Roll‘ as it has the same purposeful groove and overall this album has the same influential mix of a recent release by Blessed Curse. But, whereas that one concentrated on “the riff”, Sofisticator concentrate on the groove and thundering speed of some of the classics without becoming at all one dimensional. These thrashers are “sophisticated” enough to enter into frequent tempo changing aspects of light and shade, even including some acoustic parts, you better believe that the overall result is pretty spectacular and breath taking.
It is really refreshing to hear an album of this quality, playing homage to heroes gone by and some still with us. The often comical lyrical content really does not overpower nor overshadows the seriousness of the fucking neck-breaking speed and aggression that rears plenty of opportunity to catch your breath and raise your fist in the air. Stage-diving is…well…compulsory, buying ‘Camping the Vein’ is also very compulsory. I eagerly look forward to the next chapter from these Italian thrash masters, buy it, thrash it, indulge in it!