Sound — 8
Thrash is back! In the band's debut album, The Onslaught, Lazarus A.D. combines the sound of new metal (not nu metal) with sound of old school thrash. The shredding is superb, and the riffs will get you hooked the first time. The band's obvious influences include Slayer, Metallica, Testament, and Exodus. Some of the solo's sound like Kirk Hammett wrote them. The only problem I have with the album is that the songs kind of bleed together too much, but overall this is the thrash revival at its finest.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics of course incorporate the usual thrash themes, blood, guts, war, and punishment. The lyrics also go into love (in the song Lust) and inner struggles (in the song Who I really Am). The lyrics really fit well in with the music. Personally I think that the singing is superb. The bassist is the lead vocalist (future Tom Araya anyone? ) while the lead guitarist comes in sometimes with backing vocals. The vocalists sound drastically different from each other which just adds to the experience. The vocals sound like a mixture of Slayer and Testament so you know that it will sound awesome.
Overall Impression — 9
Lazarus A.D. will soon be fronting the New Wave of Thrash Metal (NWOTM), along with the likes of Evile and Municipal Waste. My favorite songs from this album are Thou Shall Not Fear, Damnation for the Weak, Revolution, and Forged in Blood, but there are no "weak" songs on this album. Overall this is a great album. If I lost it, then I would definitely buy it again. Lazarus A.D. truly upholds their motto, "THRASH OR DIE!"