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Criminal Element: Guilty as Charged
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Criminal Element
Guilty as Charged

Much like sticking your face in the muzzle of a rabid pit bull, Criminal Element will leave you battered, bloody and bruised. Their take on death metal infused thrash is aggressive, caustic and just hellified entertaining. Guilty as Charged is 12 tracks of good old fashioned, kick-you-in-your-teeth metal.

Guillotine: Blood Money
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Guillotine
Blood Money

Man, not only does Blood Money rarely let up with the pummeling onslaught, but it adds some seriously infectious grooves and melodies into it's thrash mix. I think you'll be hard pressed to find a catchier thrash album released this year — the blend of old and new influences are balanced perfectly.

By Any Means Necessary: s/t
3.5 out of 5 skulls

By Any Means Necessary
s/t

Overall, I'd say this was a strong introduction to a young band that shows a great deal of promise. They have a strong sense of timing as a group and a solid mastery of their instruments to deliver pummeling thrash that's got an aggressive, yet polished edge.

Head On Collision: Ritual Sacrifice
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Head On Collision
Ritual Sacrifice

A few of the other reviews out there for this album panned it. Sure, it's not ground breaking, but it is a refreshing boot to the head when compared to some of the mediocre new school meets old school thrash bands out there.

Orthrus: Tyrants of Deception
4 out of 5 skulls

Orthrus
Tyrants of Deception

The dueling guitars and massive drums are just too much to ignore on Tyrants of Deception. The subtle melodies that weave in and out of the crushing riffs and maniacal rhythm blasts creates a sonic balance that makes this EP something to revel in.

Dred: A Path to Extinction
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Dred
A Path to Extinction

Four songs of Dred's take on pummeling death/thrash is just too much of a tease to handle. Manic drums, crushing riffs, soaring solos and a beastly guttural vocal delivery all combine to create sheer devastation across their home continent — spreading like a dark shroud over the rest of the globe.

Fracture Point: Inherit the Downfall
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Fracture Point
Inherit the Downfall

With the overall sound of a much more mature, seasoned group, Fracture Point's Inherit the Downfall is one hell of an impressive debut album. The group combines several elements of metal from various genres into a groove oriented powerhouse.

Pitch Black Forecast: Absentee
4 out of 5 skulls

Pitch Black Forecast
Absentee

Absentee is an aggressive, bruising, thoughtful listening experience that speaks exponentially toward the lead singer's own metal ideals. Great vocals, maniacal drum work and massive guitars all combine to make for one hell of a debut album.

Cavalera Conspiracy: Inflikted
4 out of 5 skulls

Cavalera Conspiracy
Inflikted

Not to come across as too much of a Cavalera fan-boy, but I really liked this album. Sure it's not perfect, but it delivers the goods that Sepultura fans have been missing for 12 years. It's good to hear the brothers back together producing the music that only they can.

Whisteria Cottage: demo
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Whisteria Cottage
demo

Deathcore can become tiresome after a while, but thankfully Whisteria Cottage offer enough of their own style to keep their material from falling into the same stagnate pool as many bands within the genre. The addition of more melodic, thrash elements as well as nicely timed samples work to the band's advantage on an impressive demo.