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On disc: Explosicum

- Conflict - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars


(Areadeath Productions - 2008)

Believe it or not, this band is from China! To be honest, I expected that there are bands, but it's the first time I got to listen to a Chinese band.
It kicks off with the sound of an engine, then heavy thrash riffs show what they came for - thrash metal! The Chinese quintet storms ahead with fast riffs and pounding drums. The guitars have power, but the drum sound is a bit... dull... Anyway, they deliver some neck breakers with catchy refrains - even if I can't make out with language they use... The song titles indicate English and some words sound English, but the majority.. Anyway, it sounds interesting. At Conflict there is a slower part and there you can make out the lyrics. They switch between fast neck breaking parts and some up-tempo ones. One track is called Slaaaaaayer!!! and I think that tells enough about this one. Very heavy and a bit dragging kicks of Holocaust. But with a break they return to fast thrashy riffs and storm off. At Storm I have to think of an old French band... I think it was ADX... Anyway, the guys vary a bit in speed and make it so more interesting. Only the voice of Li Junchao might be annoying for some... But that's again a matter of taste. Give the guys a chance! Sure, they can't keep up with high-class productions, but they do a good job! And I heard recordings from known studios which aren't that good. And I think it ain't easy to do this in China - even if it gets better... Well done!

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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