Apocalyptic Impact [EP]
figure00, on july 05, 2016 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: So this is the debut of the unknown thrash metal band Terravore, formed in Varna, Bulgaria in the beginning of 2015. The band members are classic trio like Sodom, Destruction, Venom and others, also their sound is familiar more to the Teutonic thrash scene and the European at all. The EP is recorded in local Bulgarian studio. The quality is not bad at all, but the mastering could be a lot better. We have 4 songs plus intro and outro. Of course the mini album starts with the intro, followed by the melodic song called "The Chicxulub Impactor." It's about the asteroid killed the dinosaurs. Slow intro with deep vocals followed with fast melodic riff type Kreator. Great song at all, a lot of tempo changes. The second song is called "Abominable Rancor." Looks like it's inspired by the "Star Wars" monster called Rancor. A lot of Demolition Hammer and Sodom sound on this one. It's a long song, with a long great solo, starting slow, but later becomes fast and thrashy. Like the first song there are a lot of tempo changes and interesting moments. The next song... Obviously inspired by "Star Wars" movies, is called "The Dark Side of the Force." It's more primitive thrash metal song, with a little black riff influences. It's like Sodom from the mid '80s. The last one called "Age of Modern Slavery" is about the governments, and politics and that stuff. It's more primitive than the first 2 songs too, which is kinda cool... On the first side you got 2 more complex songs and on the other you got the absolute true old school thrash metal songs, with only pure aggression. The end of "Apocalyptic Impact" EP is with the outro called "Post-Apocalyptic (Outro)." Sad sounding instrumental with clean guitar and bass, but also sounds great. // 9
Lyrics: Overall the band's lyrics are pretty solid and long with some difficult words. Only the song "The Dark Side of the Force" got smaller amount of words than the others. Here for example I'll post a part from the lyrics of the song called "Abominable Rancor":
"Solid mass of muscular anatomy Capable of smashing its way through stone Thermal sensors, enhanced precision scent Heavy footsteps causing earthquake Indicating presence of super-massive threat Approaching from the gloom Subsequent, portentous onslaught"
The singer is typical thrash/death metal type. Sometimes it resemble the vocalist of Obituary or Martin Van Drunen of Asphyx. At all the vocals are not something special, but are classic and for sure fits well for that style. // 9
Overall Impression: I must say that this is one of the best thrash metal releases this year. It's great pure old school thrash debut! The songs that impressed me the most are "The Chicxulub Impactor" and "Abominable Rancor." For sure this band is strongly influenced by Kreator, Demolition Hammer, Sodom, Exodus, Obituary. The only thing I don't like in this record is that it sounds like there is recorded only 1 rhythm guitar. It would sounded pretty more solid with one more or even 2 or 3 recorded guitars. Also I don't like in some ways the mastering of the EP, which sounds a little bit dry. Anyway if you are old school fan... it's perfect for you! // 10