Thrashsteel - Thoughtcrimes

From Mexico, this is a thrash band whom have based some of their lyrics and expression on George Orwell’s classic novel ‘1984’, and coincidently, this is a novel I have just completed after finally getting round to reading a copy! But to the music, apart from the lyrical content, the sound is in general quite good, and sounds like thrash did in the mid 90’s when it was beginning to die off, thin in places and way too slow. Thrashsteel, especially on ‘The False Witness’ has the bass guitar loud in the mix, this is cool, the bassist is often forgotten, and musically, they seem to like older European thrash mixed with latter Flotsam & Jetsam. The F&J comparisons continue with infrequent musical experimentation, some would call it proto-prog-thrash, I suppose it is, it’s thinking man’s music in my mind, rather than concentrating on one riff and feel, Thrashsteel manage to pull of nice musical interpretation with style and a dogged determination, that you can hear.

It’s this determination that keeps me interested, there is nothing really outstanding from these tracks to keep me entertained. However, taking ones time and multiple spins, things humbly change a little. The prog element really begins to lead the focus in ‘Deus Ex Machina’, but the sound gets lost with too much effects and wah pedal usage during the first solo, lacks the funky bass sound that reintroduces itself after the guitarist has blown his load with a lead break. Then, just as I lose interest, the melodic melancholy gives way to some faster paced thrash and finally the vocals begin. Once we get going, there is relief, there is something to shout about, but I am still not jumping around the room in owe, don’t get me wrong.

All in all, this is an admirable tribute to mid-90’s prog thrash, the sound is a little dated, but no one can deny there are plenty of ideas flowing around the place, it’s not a boring release but it doesn’t have enough of a wow factor to inspire massive homage to Thrashsteel.

  1. Two Minutes Of Hate
  2. The False Witness
  3. Thoughtcrime
  4. Deus Ex Machina
  5. Big Brother
  6. Stained With Blood

Self released
Reviewer: twansibon
Jan 26, 2012

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