Album: Decade Of Decimation
Release Date: 5th April, 2019
Label: Candlelight Records/Spinefarm Records
Review by John
Released to celebrate 10 years as a band, Norfolk thrashers Shrapnel’s latest EP brings together re-recordings of tracks from their debut EP, along with one new track.
Wasting no time, ‘Warhead’ comes in at a frenetic pace designed to get your head banging right from the off. Breakneck riffs and machine gun drumming combine to bring an old school thrash vibe that few modern bands can match.
‘Rider Of Black’ is up next, and if you didn’t know otherwise you could be forgiven for thinking you were listening to Exodus in their prime. With some excellent solos and catchy gang vocals, this is thrash exactly as it’s meant to sound.
The no nonsense metal assault of ‘No Saviours’ (the original EP’s title track) follows, with the band somehow upping the pace and taking no prisoners. The guitars scream, the drums thunder, the vocals shred, and at under 3 minutes long it certainly never outstays its welcome.
But it’s not all about looking back, as ‘Live Vindictive’ gives us a taster of the ghost of Shrapnel yet to come. If you’re familiar with the band then there will be no real surprises here, as they pull out all the stops to deliver the kind of pure unadulterated thrash that would make the likes of Slayer proud.
Even if you own the (now out of print) original EP, the new versions on offer here sound fresh and polished and, together with the new track offer enough incentive to make this a worthwhile purchase. And if you’re a newcomer to the world of Shrapnel then this is as good a place as any to start.
The thrash revival of recent years has made it difficult for a band to truly stand out in the genre. Not only are Shrapnel standing out, but they’re also proving to be one of the truly essential exponents of the new thrash generation. The future is in safe hands.
8 out of 10
2. Rider of Black
3. No Saviours
4. Live Vindictive